Sunday 26 January 2020

Kenny urges title-chasing Lilywhites to 'roll up sleeves'

Dundalk manager, Stephen Kenny believes his team are 'without fear' going into their match against Drogheda United. David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Dundalk manager, Stephen Kenny believes his team are 'without fear' going into their match against Drogheda United. David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Dundalk return to a ground that has delivered them a double dose of misery in the past 12 months when they make the short trip to United Park for tonight's Louth derby with Drogheda United.

Stephen Kenny's league leaders hit the Drogs for seven in their last meeting at Oriel Park, gaining revenge for a 4-1 hammering on the opening day of the campaign; a fixture that gave a misleading picture to how their respective campaigns would develop.

They also have bad memories of last season's controversial FAI Cup semi-final loss to their local rivals.

Buoyed by a big win in Cork last Friday, Kenny says that his charges travel down the M1 without fear.

"We know that no one is going to give us anything," he said. "We have to earn everything that we get. We have to go and earn every three points and Friday is no different.

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"We are ready to roll our sleeves up and work hard. Last Friday was a great win for us and to strike so late in the game was important but it is just another three points."

New Drogheda supremo Damien Richardson believes that the border club are the strongest force in the country but has challenged his players to continue their recent resurgence.

"I'd love to see a similar style of performance as last week (the win over UCD) against what is the best side in the league," he said.

Another huge crowd is expected in Cork tonight with defending champions St Pat's in town.

Leesiders boss John Caulfield has spent part of this week publicly discussing the future of Premier League target Brian Lenihan, who is expected to leave before the close of the transfer window with Hull and Spurs amongst his suitors. However, his main focus is keeping City's title hopes alive.

"I think there is a link between the crowd and this year's team," Caulfield said. "Going back over the years, there were certain years when our supporters had a strong link with the team, and I think that this year the crowd feel that. The lads are playing their hearts out and we need the crowd behind us again."

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