Ciarán Kilduff believes that his Dundalk side are back on track and refreshed after the mid-season break.
Dundalk went into that break with a cloud hanging over them, a 1-0 defeat to Cork City, but since the resumption of league action, they have got back to winning ways (beating St Patrick's Athletic) while Cork dropped points against Shamrock Rovers. Europa League duties this week - Dundalk are not in Champions League action for another two weeks - means that Dundalk's game away to Derry City tonight is the only Premier Division game tonight but striker Kilduff likes the shape of his side.
"We were delighted to get the win against Pat's last week. It was important for us to bounce back after the defeat to Cork City before the break, that hurt us but we put it right last week with a good performance," says Kilduff.
"We got the three points that we wanted and we managed to extend our lead to put us in a nice position but we got the win which is what we set out to do.
"Derry City are a good side. It was difficult against them already this season with the draw at Oriel Park. They pushed us and they got a point and it'll be just as difficult up there.
"The Brandywell has always been a tough place to go and it looks to be that way again this season so we know our task but we will be ready to go again and are looking forward to it."
Meanwhile, Dundalk have confirmed the dates for their Champions League tussle with Icelandic outfit Hafnarfjordur. The home leg is on Wednesday July 13, with the away game on July 20. Also tonight, new Shelboune boss Owen Heary takes charge for the first time as the Reds host Cobh Ramblers.