DUNDALK caretaker manager Darius Kierans is convinced that it is only a matter of time before his side start climbing the Airtricity League Premier Division table.
Kierans was speaking following his side’s 1-1 draw with Cork City on Friday night, a result that too them four points clear of bottom placed UCD who occupy the relegation play-off zone.
“I’m happy with the start I’ve had”, said Kierans who has now picked up three draws and a defeat in four games. “We were poor at the start of the season at Oriel Park but we’re unbeaten here in the last three and with a bit of luck we may have won a couple of those.
“The character the lads are showing me is great. We had a lot of injuries tonight and Derek Foran was only playing at 70%. If we can get our strongest squad and team together then I think it is only a matter of time before we start climbing up the table.”
Looking back at the game, Kierans acknowledged that Dundalk had failed to get to grips with Cork City’s Ian Turner. The right winger ran Nathan Murphy ragged and scored City’s opener.
“We were flat in the first-half. Ian Turner caused us lots of problems on the right for Cork City. He is very direct and has lots of pace. He is a cracking player.
“We gave away a terrible goal but that said I don’t think they caused us any problems in the first-half. Second-half, again we showed a lot of character. It was end to end in the last 15 minutes. We were probably throwing too many men forward when we were attacking and they hit us on the counter. We could have won, or lost it, in the end.”