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Dundalk are up for busy run – Hoban

PAT HOBAN believes that his Dundalk side can deal with a busy schedule which will see Stephen Kenny's outfit play nine games in a 27-day period.

Their league campaign now back on track after they followed up an opening-day defeat to Drogheda United by beating Limerick 2-1 last weekend, Dundalk have a busy week ahead as they face Sligo Rovers in the league on Saturday and then take on Shamrock Rovers in the first leg of their Setanta Cup semi-final tie on Monday. They will average a game every three days for the next month.

"We have a really tough stretch of games coming now, but that's what we're paid for. We're all looking forward to it and hopefully we'll have something to show for at the end of it all," said Hoban, who has scored twice in two league games for the Lilywhites.

"The league is important, of course it is, but we have to take it one game at a time. We are delighted to be in the Setanta Cup semi-final. These are the games you want to play in.

"It has been a decent start for us. Obviously we didn't get the result we wanted against Drogheda, but we're on the board now and are into the Setanta Cup semi-final, which is great. We bounced back brilliantly against Limerick.

"Always nice to win our first home game, especially as we didn't do that last year, but it has settled us down. We played well and got the win we deserved."


FORMER Ireland U21 cap Alan Sheehan has been told that he has the ability to play at a higher level than England's third tier.

The Athlone native is a key figure for Notts County this season as the Magpies battle to avoid relegation from League One and boss Shaun Derry has been signing his praises.

"Alan's got some quality in that left foot," said manager Derry.

"That's why Alan needs to be playing at a higher level because he has that ability."

Sheehan, 27, joined Notts County in 2011 after spells with Leicester City and Leeds United and has scored five goals in 36 games for County this season. His side are currently bottom of the table in League One.