Stephen Kenny Reaction: ‘We had to work it out’
By Caoimhín Reilly
Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny admitted his side had to ‘work’ St. Patrick’s Athletic out in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Oriel Park.
St. Pat’s reverted to a 3-5-2 formation for the first time this season for the clash, a decision which surprised many, while Liam Buckley also opted to drop Patrick Cregg, Conan Byrne and Billy Dennehy to the bench.
And Kenny conceded that it took his side time to break their way through St. Pats’ crowded defence.
“We had to work it out I think. Michael Duffy nearly got in early on when Patrick played him in and it was a good save. Conor O’Malley kept St. Patrick’s in it I feel.
“Obviously, Gary Rogers had to make a very important save as well from Gavin Peers and it was important for us to keep a clean sheet.
“The goal before half-time was a critical moment and thankfully we got it.”
When asked by Talk of the Town after the match about his team’s set-up Liam Buckley was honest in saying that he didn’t really feel that it improved his side’s performance as they slumped to a fourth defeat from five league matches.
“We weren’t too bad bearing in mind we have only been working on it over the last week.
“There was bits and pieces that we can take out if it but we do need to get fundamentally better quickly.
“We just need a better overall performance from our group of players and we have to find our performance levels because one point after five games is a difficult start.”