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Benson Ready For Louth Derby

First Team News
// 7 Sep 2017

Dundalk midfielder Robbie Benson feels that the side are in good form heading into the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup quarter-final against Drogheda United. Speaking to dundalkfc.com ahead of the last 8 clash the midfielder reflected on what was a ‘great win’ against St. Patrick’s Athletic last week and says it showed the value of the squad with changes that were made.

“It was a great win for us last Friday night against Pat’s. There was a few changes in personnel but it didn’t affect the performance which was great. We had a couple of injuries which forced the changes.

“It didn’t affect the performance which was pleasing and shows the strength of the squad that we have. We are really firing on all cylinders at the moment.

The 25 year-old is in good form and netted off the bench last weekend and feels he has improved the attacking side of his game.

“I have scored more goals this year than I have last year which is nice. Once the team is winning that is the main thing and that’s what makes us all happy. If that means me scoring great too but I hope we win each week.

“I am working hard in training to get more goals and be involved in the attacking play so it is great to see it paying off. ”

The next 10 days sees the club in action in the two domestic cups – FAI Cup and EA SPORTS CUP – with Benson admitting it is an important time for the club but is fully focused on tomorrow night.

“It’s only natural when you see the fixtures that lie ahead of us in the next. They are all important and we have the League Cup (EA SPORTS CUP) final next weekend so we have a big week ahead of us next.

“But we are taking it one game at a time so we are looking to Drogheda at the moment, Louth derbies are always intense so we are looking forward to that.”

Tomorrow night is indeed Louth Derby time in the FAI Cup with Drogheda visiting Oriel and he is expecting a difficult contest but is intent on victory to keep his personal mission alive.

“Every game in the cup is a one off game. Drogheda United can put their all into tomorrow evening and don’t have to worry about their league struggles, trying to get points so we know they will be up for it. It’ll be tough in that regard.

“For me personally I missed the final last year so I want to get back there again and experience the day as a player in the AVIVA. But we know we are only at the quarter-final stage and we will have to be at our best to go all the way. ”