John Dillon hailed Dundalk’s 1-0 victory over Derry City on Friday night as the best result of what has been an unforgettable season to date.
Tiarnan Mulvenna’s strike gave the Lilywhites the perfect tonic following their 3-2 loss to Limerick seven days earlier and Dillon said it was a result that perfectly illustrated the will to win that has been instilled in Stephen Kenny’s squad.
“It was a weird one in Limerick”, said the former Sligo Rovers man afterwards. “It was one of those freak results you get once or twice a season.
“To come to the Brandywell after that and get the win is a great result. Any other team would maybe have felt sorry for themselves and come up and went home losing 1-0 or 2-0 but this is our best result of the season.
“We knew it was going to be tough but we stuck at it and always felt there was an opportunity we would score. We came in at half-time and knew that we’d made opportunities without being brilliant. We knew it would come if we stuck at it. It’s onwards and upwards now.”
Dundalk left it late to sink the Candystripes with Mulvenna’s goal coming in the first minute of stoppage time. It was the fifth time the local striker has scored after coming off the bench.
“Tiarnan keeps doing it and is making a good habit of it”, said Dillon. “The goal came from a great build up of short passes and a ball out to the left for Eoghan Osborne to set it up. It was a great finish by Tiarnan.”
Osborne received praise from manager Stephen Kenny after the game and Dillon also had kind words for the Togher man who made his first start in seven games.
“Eoghan who has come in tonight and done really well”, remarked Dillon. “There’s a great work ethic among the lads. That’s something that is great to have and hopefully it will get us far.
“Sometimes you can get unrest when lads are out of the tea, but we’ve all stuck together .”