Friday 28 November 2014

Massey wary of Coleman factor ahead of Sligo Rovers trip

Published 18/08/2014 | 02:30

Dundalk full-back Dane Massey says he is expecting a difficult game against Sligo Rovers at The Showgrounds. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Dundalk full-back Dane Massey says he is expecting a difficult game against Sligo Rovers at The Showgrounds. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Dundalk defender Dane Massey has good memories of Sligo trips but reckons that the changes at The Showgrounds have added an unknown element to the league leaders' next test.

Patrick Hoban's late winner against Limerick on Friday ensured that Stephen Kenny's will make the journey today in good spirits.

However, left full Massey, who has scored decisive goals at tonight's venue both this season and last, thinks that personnel changes under John Coleman will add intrigue to this encounter.

"Their new manager has come in and shaken things up," says Massey. "One of the lads was saying that Evan McMillan had started games up front. He is having a look at players in different positions so we won't know what we're going to get up there. One thing is for sure, it will be a tough game."

Kenny was delighted with the application on Friday and praised the tenacity of match winner Hoban, who notched his 15th league goal of the campaign.

"People have said he's not a 20-goal-a-season striker, but in his typical stubborn west of Ireland way he said he'd have 20 already if he was on the penos, but he can't get them off Richie Towell," said Kenny, who says his side have to focus on themselves and not worry about Cork, who kept up the pressure with a hard-fought win in Derry.

Dundalk are four points clear with superior goal difference heading into the final nine matches of the season.

"Everything is in our own hands," says Kenny. "We know that it might have to go to the last game of the season (v Cork) and if it does then so be it."

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