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Friday 20 April 2018

Fenlon focused firmly on slaying Welsh

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

PAT FENLON is refusing to let his mind wander towards the prospect of facing Anderlecht in the next round of the Champions League.

The Bohemians manager is fully focused on beating Welsh side TNS tomorrow night in order to progress to the third qualifying round and a mouth-watering clash with the Belgian giants.

Fenlon would not be drawn yesterday on TNS's mischievous bid for striker Paddy Madden, choosing instead to stress the importance of a strong defensive effort against the Welsh champions.

"I haven't done anything yet (about the draw)," he said. "All I am thinking about is our next match. We've a long way to go before we think of anything else.

"We've given ourselves a great chance to go through. We're 1-0 up and haven't conceded a goal. It's important we keep the momentum going and if we don't concede again then obviously we go through."

The Gypsies boss was full of praise for Mark Quigley, whom he believes can play a crucial role in Oswestry.

Signed from St Patrick's Athletic before the season started, Quigley initially struggled at Dalymount as Fenlon switched him from his traditional position as a striker to a roving role on the wing, but he has produced a series of sparkling performances at just the right time.

"I think Mark has been brilliant for the last number of games," Fenlon said. "He was first class again against Sligo and I thought he was also first class the other night against TNS. He's been excellent over the last couple of months."

Irish Independent

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