Dundalk assistant manager Vinny Perth praised his side’s defensive masterclass against UCD on Friday night.
The Lilywhites have now risen to the top of the table following the 2-0 win in Belfield and although Perth admits his side were not at their free-flowing finest, he said the three points was all that mattered.
“It might not have been the prettiest but I thought it was one of the best defensive performances we have put in all season and that gave us a platform to build on,” he said afterwards.
Although the Lilywhites are now top of the table, Perth insists that is of no real consequence given the fact that Pat’s do have a game in hand.
A massive fixture between the sides is looming on the horizon in Dublin on September 20 but he refused to look at any date on the calendar beyond the next game, a Louth derby against Drogheda United.
“I don’t think it is important to be top of the league because you have to take into account that Pat’s play twice between now and our next game and it could soon be the other way around.
“We are organising ourselves only for Drogheda. I know it is a cliché but we just want to keep taking each game one at a time,” Perth continued.
“Looking forward to Richmond Park will get you into trouble. All that matters now for us is winning against Drogheda. Local pride is at stake and nothing else is being considered.”
When asked what exactly it is that makes this Dundalk side so special, Perth believes it is a mix of many things coming together to create a unique atmosphere among this group of players.
“It is a combination of a lot of things. You have the hunger of people like Hoban and Meenan, who has been looking like a top player, and then you have the experience of people like O’Donnell, Rossiter and Dillon as well as the manager who have won league titles and trophies.
“Winning trophies is not a big discussion around our dressing room, we are not at that stage. It is only about the next match”, he added.