Higgins: ‘We won’t change our mentality’

Gavin McLaughlin

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Gavin McLaughlin

The mantra of ‘one game at a time’ has served Dundalk well this season and midfielder Ruaidhri Higgins insists that will not change as the title run in hots up.

The mantra of ‘one game at a time’ has served Dundalk well this season and midfielder Ruaidhri Higgins insists that will not change as the title run in hots up.

It is a cliche usually wheeled out by players at this stage of the season but Higgins, who made an important contribution in last Friday night’s 3-2 win over Bohemians, stressed that it is one that this group firmly believe in.

“We genuinely feel like that. We are not just saying it for the craic,” said the former Derry City man.

“It’s basically another three points and it’s another game ticked off. We’re in a good position but stranger things have happened. We need to stay focussed.”

While Dundalk supporters left Oriel Park jubilant after the win, Higgins said it was a bit more low key in the dressing room.

“There was a bit of excitement but it was quickly knocked on the head. We have massive games coming up and we know that. It has been our mentality all season and we won’t change it now,” he said.

One thing that did get Higgins and his team-mates excited was the performance of David McMillan. The striker secured a vital point in the 1-1 draw with Sligo Rovers on August 18 and he followed that up with what could well be a defining brace against Bohs. Higgins is definitely a member of the ever growing David McMillan Fan Club.

“David hasn’t been a regular and yet he has scored 15 goals,” exclaimed the midfielder.

“He deserves massive credit because he is an unbelievable professional. He really looks after himself and he conducts himself brilliantly. He is one of the best strikers in this country.

“We are blessed at this club that we have a lot of really great options in that area of the pitch. David, Pat Hoban, Marc Griffin and Kurtis Byrne are all great strikers.

“I’m not surprised we came back to win the game to be honest,” he added.

“We have a lot of big characters and players who can win a game in an instant. We are a really united group. Hopefully we can do something special.”