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Dundalk FC manager Stephen Kenny lauds the impact of Patrick McEleney since his return

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Dundalk FC manager Stephen Kenny lauds the impact of Patrick McEleney since his return

Dundalk FC's Patrick McEleney. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)

Dundalk FC manager Stephen Kenny has lauded the application of Patrick McEleney since the attacker’s return from Oldham Athletic.

McEleney featured off the bench for the second consecutive outing in last night’s 2-0 victory over Bohemians, and impressed again.

“Patrick’s shown the right application,” Kenny said.

“Where he was starting from was mid-season and he needed a pre-season, but you can’t do that. When you’re coming in you have to adapt. He’ll be all the better for the two run-outs he’s had.”

When asked how close the 25-year-old was from a start, or whether he would begin Thursday night’s Europa League second leg encounter with AEK Larnaca, Kenny admitted that he was a contender, but stressed that he’s still getting up to speed after an injury-plagued spell in England.

"He’s a terrific talent and it’s just a matter of getting him back up to speed.

"Obviously, the injury took its toll on him when he was away and it’s a matter of getting him back up to speed."

Dundalk returned to the top of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division table with Sunday’s triumph.