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Kenny: Home form is key

STEPHEN KENNY hopes some improved home form can see his side go to even greater things in the second phase of the league season.

Kenny's men had owned the best away record in the country, five wins from five away games, before that run ended with a 1-0 loss to his old club Shamrock Rovers on Monday.

With a better return from their home games – just one win in six at Oriel Park this term – Dundalk would be even higher than their current fourth position, and should they take full points from their next two home ties, against strugglers Shelbourne (tonight) and UCD (May 24), the Lilywhites can even push into the top three.

"We are working on being a little more consistent but that will come. It is important that we keep picking up points and home form will be key to that," said Kenny as he prepared his side for Shels' visit.

"The players have been excellent so far. They have given it everything and we can't fault them. We have done exceptionally well in the opening third of the season. We have picked up some good wins and have got a good points total so far.



"To win five games in Dublin on the spin was terrific but to lose 1-0 to Shamrock Rovers is no disgrace. The players have done brilliantly, they didn't do themselves justice against Rovers.

"We have to pick ourselves up. It's a difficult game against Shelbourne. We have to dust ourselves down and make sure we're ready for the challenge."