Saturday 15 December 2018

Kenny delight as Dundalk earn seventh clean sheet

Sligo Rovers 0 Dundalk 2

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

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Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny says there was nothing straight-forward about recording a magnificent seventh clean sheet on Saturday.

Still to concede a goal in seven league matches so far this season, Kenny insisted it took some heroics from goalkeeper Gary Rogers to keep the run going against Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds.

Rogers made three good stops against his former team inside the opening 10 minutes to block efforts from Calum Waters, Caolan McAleer and Adam Morgan, and saved the best until last when making a diving stop to keep Patrick McClean's second-half effort out.

At the other end, goals from Patrick Hoban and Michael Duffy secured a deserved win for the visitors.

Kenny said: "They caused us probably more problems than anyone else so far this season.

"I think seven is a new record for the start of the season, but we were tested. It was a tough game and we were glad to get the three points. We knew we would have to earn the points here, and thankfully we did.

Deserved

"Michael Duffy's goal was a great goal. He took it really well, and he deserved it overall for his performance."

Duffy calmly picked out the bottom corner 10 minutes into the second-half after Rovers had failed to clear their lines.

Prior to that, another defensive lapse had gifted Hoban the opening goal from close range on 30 minutes.

Even at 2-0 Rovers still threatened, as McAleer and substitute Alistair Roy both had a sight of goal in the closing stages, but both missed the target.

Kenny said: "To be fair I thought Sligo really came out of the blocks well and started better than we did. They had a couple of chances in the first 10 minutes and had they scored it could have been different.

"But Gary Rogers is in superb form for us and he made some important saves."

With four defeats from their five home games so far this season, Rovers have already lost as many games at home in the league as they did for the past two seasons combined. Boss Gerard Lyttle felt they were the architects of their own downfall.

"We are making too many mistakes, and they are costing us dearly. We have created chances, but a lack of concentration has caused us to go in 1-0 down at the break, which I don't think we deserved," he said.

SLIGO ROVERS - Schlingermann, Boylan, Callan-McFadden, Sharkey, McClean, Waters (Roy 56), McCabe (Morrison 67), Roddan (Pinceli 57), Cawley, McAleer, Morgan.

DUNDALK - Rogers, Gannon, Hoare, Cleary, Massey, Shields, Benson, Murray (Mountney 76), Duffy, McGrath (O'Donnell 86), Hoban (Tagbajumi 81).

REF - R Hennessy.

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