Saturday 20 October 2018

Stephen Kenny says Dundalk players have nothing to fear ahead of crucial European tie in Cyprus

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny following the UEFA Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round First Leg match between Dundalk and AEK Larnaca at Oriel Park in Dundalk, Co. Louth.
Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny following the UEFA Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round First Leg match between Dundalk and AEK Larnaca at Oriel Park in Dundalk, Co. Louth.
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

STEPHEN KENNY has told his players that they have nothing to fear from tomorrow's Europa League decider with AEK Larnaca.

The League of Ireland leaders face a challenging evening in Cyprus with temperatures expected to be in excess of 30 degrees

And they will be taking on a streetwise Larnaca side that acquitted themselves well in last Thursday's scoreless draw in Oriel Park.

An away goal would put Dundalk in a very strong position and, while Kenny has respect for the hosts, he has asserted his belief in his side's quality.

He spoke at a press conference in Larnaca ahead of training at the AEK Arena and was asked by a local if there was anything about the opposition that made him afraid.

"I wouldn't use the word afraid," said Kenny. "They're a very good technical team and they're very strong in midfield. They have a big Spanish influence.

"There’s a feeling that the game is very evenly poised. Many people would feel that the tie favours Larnaca - now that the game is in Cyprus - and they have home advantage.

"However, that’s not always the case. We see it as a very competitive game and we have to try and fulfill our potential tomorrow night.

"We can’t become preoccupied by their strengths. We have to express ourselves the way we can as a team and hopefully do ourselves justice."

Injury doubt Sean Gannon started training away from the group and faces a challenge to prove his fitness, although Kenny delivered a positive bulletin on his wellbeing.

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