Rossi hoping to give boss a selection headache for Derry

Defender Mark Rossiter is hoping that his performance against St Patrick’s Athletic will give Stephen Kenny something to ponder over the mid-season break.

Defender Mark Rossiter is hoping that his performance against St Patrick’s Athletic will give Stephen Kenny something to ponder over the mid-season break.

With Andy Boyle suspended, Rossi took the captain’s armband and slotted seamlessly into the back four alongside Brian Gartland in the 0-0 draw.

“All I wanted to do was cause the lads in the team a headache,” said Rossiter afterwards.

“I felt I did alright tonight but we’ll come back from the break for the Derry City game and go from there.

“The boys have been amazing,” he added. “Andy Boyle has been the standout defender in the league this season. There is a lot of football to be played so I’ll take it as it comes.”

It looked like Dundalk had the upper hand when Pat’s defender Ken Oman was sent off in the 66th minute of the tense clash. However, David McMillan’s red card four minutes later meant both sides finished with ten men as the game fizzled out to a scoreless draw.

“David’s devastated,” said Rossiter. “He said that he didn’t push Foran in the face. He said that Deggsy (Foran) dived and he was trying to get his attention. If David looks back at it he might think that if he wanted his attention, he might have aimed lower. Neil Doyle said it was hand to face so it’s a red card. It’s just one of those things.

“We’ll take that result,” he added. “They are the league champions and they came up here and didn’t make things easy for us. When you look at the game as a whole I don’t think either side deserved to win the game.

“We feel like we could have played better. If we had played really well and didn’t get the win then we would have said fair enough but we had a couple more gears to go through and it just didn’t happen for us. We’ll take the draw though and we’ll move on.”