Friday 9 December 2016

Pat Fenlon highlights why Dundalk can shock Zenit

David Smith

Published 20/10/2016 | 10:36

Stephen Kenny
Stephen Kenny

Pat Fenlon says adrenaline could get Dundalk over the line against FC Zenit tonight.

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The Irish champions face a stern test against the Russian visitors in Tallaght tonight.

Zenit are Champions League regulars, and possess players such as Alex Witsel, Aleksandr Kokorin and Danny.

Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny has admitted that fatigue is an issue, due to the fixture congestion his side have had to deal with in recent weeks.

However, Pat Fenlon appeared on RTÉ Radio 1’s Morning Ireland, and he thinks the Lilywhites will feed off the crowd, and adrenaline will get them through.

“Dundalk’s performances in Europe so far have been brilliant and a victory would be an outstanding result," the former manager said.

"The manager has used his squad as well as he possibly can and the adrenaline from having to play some many games could get them through.

"People talk about fatigue, but the squad has played well and has really stepped up to the mark. Dundalk have used the energy from the crowd in their games.

"I don't think there's any doubt that Zenit are the strongest team that Dundalk have faced in what is the biggest game of the season for them,” he added.

“Zenit put Alkmaar to the sword in the last round. They have a massive budget and have a lot of decent players. It's a real step up in class for Dundalk."

Zenit enter the clash as Group D leaders, while Dundalk have amassed four points from their opening two games.

Stephen Kenny was confident in the pre-match press conference.

"We respect all our opponents but we believe in what we are doing ourselves, we have huge respect for our opponents but we don't underestimate ourselves," he said.

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