Patrick McEleney: Form ‘down to being fitter’
By Caoimhín Reilly
Fresh from scoring two wonder goals on Saturday night, Patrick McEleney has praised Dundalk’s medical staff for helping him over the recurrent injuries which ravaged his first season at the club.
When asked if his spectacular current form was down to a clean bill of health, McEleney said: “Maybe, but I just think it’s down to being fitter as well as having had a year with Dundalk where I was able to get used to the growth in training.
“But it’s also a credit to our medical team too because they have looked after me very well.
“Last year I went through a few injuries and I think it’s important to stay injury-free for myself this season and try to get a run of games, but overall we’re well pleased.”
His two goals lit up Oriel Park. The first came after he burrowed his way through the right side of the St. Patrick’s Athletic defence before chipping over the left shoulder of keeper Conor O’Malley.
While the second was equally as scrumptious, with McEleney taking it around the stretched rear-guard before easing the ball back across goal and into the bottom corner.
“There was just a bit of space opened up and I just thought have a go and drive into it,” the attacker said in reference to the build-up to his first goal.
“Obviously, it was at a tight angle so I thought just try and chip him and luckily enough it went in.
“The second one was similar enough where I just drove into space and finished it.”
Dundalk’s talisman also had strong words for the doubters and those who hurled criticism at the team following Monday’s loss against Derry City.
“You’ll always have the doubters and I think whatever we do in-house is what’s important.
“We don’t really look into what other people say because we know what we’re capable of.
It’s a proven fact what we’re capable of but everybody has their opinions and we just have to keep marching on week-to-week and look forward to the weekend now.
“It’s a big game (against Cork next weekend), they’re a very good side but so are we and on any given day we can outdo each other so we’ll look forward to it.”