Kilduff Keen To Bounce Back With Rovers Win
Dundalk striker Ciaran Kilduff believes that Monday night’s victory over Waterford in the EA Sports Cup was an ‘important win’ to bounce back from the defeat to Galway United. Speaking to dundalkfc.com ahead of series 12 in the league, Kilduff admitted that things haven’t gone quite according to plan for Dundalk this season however the focus is there to improve and win again this year.
“It was an important win for us I felt on Monday. We have had a few disappointing results recently and we want to win as many games as we can. We wanted to bounce back from the defeat last Friday and that is what made the win that little bit more important. Things maybe haven’t been going all our way but we want to do well in the EA Sports Cup.
“The early rounds aren’t remembered because they aren’t publicised much but the final itself is a great day in front of a full house on television wherever it may be. It’s important to stay in the cup and it’s a midweek game that we knew about so we marked it in the calendar.
“It was what we wanted. Getting through is what we wanted. We managed to do that. We had a poor game here against UCD. We didn’t want to get dragged into something similar again against Waterford. We dug it out and the result looks good.
“At times we were below par and we will get better but now we can park this for a few months, a semi-final to look forward to but we have to focus on the big game on Friday night. We want to win every week and we are looking to improve as a team. We want to pick up as many points as we can. ”
Friday sees a return to league action with a trip to Tallaght Stadium to take on Shamrock Rovers and the former Hoop admits that it is a big game between the two sides, he is intent on the champions starting the second series of games with a victory.
“Shamrock Rovers is always a big game. We move onto Tallaght. It has become a bit of a must win for us with how some of the last results have gone for us but we feel every game we play is a must win whether that be this week or next week, whoever the opponent is.
“They probably haven’t started the season like they would have liked either but that’s the way it goes sometimes. We want to go and get the win. We want to start the second round of games well. ”
This is the second time that the sides have met this season with Dundalk winning the opener back in February, Kilduff himself got the winner that night, and he feels that preparation will be key for the game on Friday but is full of confidence the Lilywhites can return to winning ways.
“We played Shamrock Rovers on the opening day of the season at Oriel and there was a great atmosphere that night. It really helped us especially on television. This one isn’t on TV this time but it’s as equally as big a game as the first one.
“Both teams will be going there to get the win they feel that they need but we are confident in our preparation. We want to bounce back in the league and get the victory.
“We will get a good week behind us in training and we will be looking to get the three points we want.”