Perth: ‘That’s as good as I’ve seen’

Dundalk's Patrick Hoban, in centre celebrates his goal and Dundalk's third in their 3-0 win over Sligo Rovers at Oriel Park
Dundalk first-team coach Vinny Perth described his side’s display against Sligo Rovers as the finest he has witnessed in almost a decade.

Dundalk first-team coach Vinny Perth described his side’s display against Sligo Rovers as the finest he has witnessed in almost a decade.

The Lilywhites ran out 3-0 winners against the Bit o’Red but, such was their dominance of the game, it could have been double figures and, speaking afterwards, Perth said he was proud to be associated with such a talented group of players.

“In terms of performances, I think that was right up there,” he said. “It’s certainly one of the best performances I’ve seen in League of Ireland circles in six or seven years, going as far back as the days when Shelbourne and Bohemians were top notch sides.

“We beat St Pat’s 4-1 away but in terms of chances created, we created more than what we did against Drogheda United the other night. It was close to being the complete performance.”

Lilywhites boss Stephen Kenny bucked the modern day trend of making changes to his team by naming the same starting XI for the third successive game. Perth said the reason for that was simple: the players are in such a rich vein of form that it would be unfair to drop any of them.

“Generally when teams make changes it’s forward players who are sacrificed but how do you leave Darren Meenan, Daryl Horgan or Patrick Hoban out of the team. They have been outstanding. Chris Shields has been immense, it wouldn’t be fair not to pick these lads.”

The result leaves Dundalk two points ahead of second placed Cork City, four ahead of Shamrock Rovers and six clear of St Patrick’s Athletic. Perth, though, insisted that nobody was getting carried away in the Dundalk camp.

“We just have to take one game at a time. You get the same amount of points for winning 7-0 as you do if you win 1-0.

“Defensively we were really good and that is giving us the platform. A lot of players are stepping up to the plate but we haven’t achieved anything yet. We have goals and targets and we will take game by game to meet them.