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O’Donnell quashes Dundalk title talk

The Lilywhites host St Patrick’s Athletic at Oriel Park on Friday night

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Dundalk head coach Stephen O'Donnell has played down suggestions his side are in the title race. Picture: Sportsfile

Dundalk head coach Stephen O'Donnell has played down suggestions his side are in the title race. Picture: Sportsfile

Dundalk head coach Stephen O'Donnell has played down suggestions his side are in the title race. Picture: Sportsfile

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Dundalk head coach Stephen O’Donnell has played down talk of a title challenge from his side this season.

Back-to-back away wins against Derry City and Finn Harps over the weekend have left the Lilywhites just a point behind Derry in second place and eight off table toppers Shamrock Rovers with a game in-hand over both following their respective defeats away to Sligo Rovers and Drogheda United on Monday.

With Rovers expected to be Dundalk’s first opponents after the break, many fans around the league are speculating whether they can push themselves into the title race, but O’Donnell says he is just taking each game as it comes and is fully focused on this Friday’s visit of his old club St Patrick’s Athletic to Oriel Park.

“I didn't even know the results until I went in the dressing room but, look, we're just focusing on ourselves. We are and that's genuine,” O’Donnell said after his side’s 1-0 win in Donegal on Monday night.

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“Other results were positive in the sense of the teams around us but Pat's won tonight. That's the way the league is. I've said it all season. We're on a good little run ourselves and we just need to stay capitalising but we need just to take each game as it comes. We know if we start looking ahead too far ahead and take our eye off the ball then that's when we're going to slip up so it's each game as it comes.

“People need to be realistic as well of the teams we're competing against.

I'm just delighted with where we're at. We're 17 games in and we've lost twice so I'm delighted where we're at but we're not getting engaged in any of that type of stuff.”

Dundalk are unbeaten at home so far this season and O’Donnell is hoping for a big showing on Friday night to ensure his side head into the break with a win.

“The fans have been great at Oriel and our record at Oriel has been brilliant. I just hope that they're buying into the individuals and the team because they're working their socks off for the town and for the club,” he said.


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