Kenny flattered by comparisons to teams of the past

Gavin McLaughlin

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Gavin McLaughlin

Stephen Kenny, Dundalk manager applauds the fans after his team had defeated Sligo Rovers 3-0 at Oriel Park
Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny feels that his team can only be compared to the great Lilywhites sides of the past if they go on and win some silverware.

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny feels that his team can only be compared to the great Lilywhites sides of the past if they go on and win some silverware.

Victories over Drogheda United (7-0) and Sligo Rovers (3-0) in the past week have led to supporters drawing comparisons between the current team and those from the Jim McLaughlin and Turlough O’Connor glory days of the past but Kenny feels that is somewhat premature.

“It’s very complimentary and very flattering. They were great teams and they won things so we have to back that up now,” he said.

“I think we’ve been consistently good, bar one or two performances. In recent weeks we have been exceptional and in our last four league games we have scored 16 and only conceded a contentious penalty. We are creating bucket loads of chances and long may it continue.”

The Dundalk bandwagon rolls into the Brandywell tonight (Tuesday) when they face Derry City in the quarter-finals of the EA Sports League Cup.

Kenny will use the occasion to rest some of his weary squad, including Patrick Hoban who is set to undergo minor surgery on a knee injury at the start of June.

Hoban has a meniscus injury and is expected to be out of action for three to four weeks. The club hope to have him available for the start of the Europa League campaign in early July.