Dundalk’s two-goal hero Patrick Hoban praised his teammates for making hard work pay off in moving to within a point of leaders St Pat’s in the race for the title following victory over Shamrock Rovers.
He struck twice in the opening 14 minutes, with one arriving after 90 seconds, but he admitted that he would take assists over goals if it helps the Lilywhites pick up points.
“It is a brilliant victory and an absolutely brilliant performance from all the lads,” said Hoban. “We worked hard all week and it paid off tonight so it is great to get the three points
“I will take any goal and I would rather get two assists and win if it came to it but I thought I took the first goal quite well to be honest and it was great for my confidence for the rest of the game.”
He continued: “The second was just a great corner and it was one off the training ground that we had worked on the day before and it certainly worked well for us.”
The former Mervue United man was also glad that after a first half in which his side played some tremendous pass and move football that was a joy to watch, they put in a more workmanlike and gritty performance in the second en route to victory.
He said of their display: “Everyone works so hard even off the ball and in the second half it probably wasn’t pretty football from us but it shows we can win games by fighting hard.”
Of his own style of play though, he perhaps undersold himself somewhat when saying: “I don’t like letting defenders win balls too easily, I will make them fight for it,” of his physical presence in attack and said he was pleased with his own showing when striding off the field at the end to raucous applause.
“I was pretty happy with my performance, I think I did well in the air which is something that I think people do not expect from me but I work hard at it.”
He was also full of praise too for the fans who flocked to the venue for the clash and created another memorable atmosphere.
“The fans were absolutely brilliant and it was great to see the flares when we come out at the start of the game, that is what you want to see,” he continued. “It is so great to see them singing their hearts out for 90 minutes and it helps us too, they were top class again.”