Sunday 25 February 2018

Birthday boy believes title is within Dundalk's grasp

Bohemians’ Conor Murphy is challenged by Richie Towell. Picture: David Maher/SPORTSFILE
Bohemians’ Conor Murphy is challenged by Richie Towell. Picture: David Maher/SPORTSFILE

Terry Conlon

'EVERY win is important, not just the wins up in Derry and Pats,' commented former Celtic player Richie Towell after the recent win.

The Dubliner remarked: 'It is great to be a part of something special' with a team who are genuine title contenders. He has assumed a vital role in anchoring the talented attacking Dundalk midfield, while protecting the back four that notched up another blank sheet.

He said the team had to show consistency and that meant beating the likes of Friday night's opponents and the Brays to go and win the league, which he believes the team can.

'We need to show we can beat everyone in the league and we are doing that so far,' he observed.

'I think there is a lot of expectation being put on our shoulders now, but I think all the lads are responding great as a team - the coaches, everybody. We have all been working hard, so it's just great it's paying off now.'

He said the players 'always believed it was possible to win the league. Since the first game (a scoreless draw at home to Shamrock Rovers) of the season we have never doubted ourselves. Nobody gave us a chance of winning the league, but we all knew inwardly we were good enough. We play with each other every day in training. We always knew we were good enough as a team. So it's shining out that we are title contenders.'

From the start he could see the potential of the squad and they could develop into a side capable of bidding for the title after the club narrowly missed out on relegation last season.

'I seen from the players that Stephen Kenny was signing ... the likes of Stephie O'Donnell, Andy Boyle, Dane Massey, Pat Hoban. They are all great players. Even the likes of Graham Byrne, who is just after coming in; Vinny Perth.

'There is a great background staff here, especially with a great manager like Stephen Kenny as well, so it's great to be a part of something special.'

The Argus

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