Benson Intent On Continuing Fine Form
Dundalk continue their 2019 campaign this week away to Bohemians in series 34 of the SSE Airtricity League.
The Lilywhites have already secured the league title and EA SPORTS Cup in a tremendous season and have more to play for with the extra.ie FAI Cup final on the horizon in 3 weeks.
One player who has had a rollercoaster of a season has been midfielder Robbie Benson and speaking to dundalkfc.com he reflected on his own personal season.
“There have been plenty of ups and downs this year. There have been plenty more downs than ups this year which is unfortunately but in the greater scheme of things – if you offered me to be in this position after all the injuries that I have had then I would have taken it.
“It is always been about the team and I will sacrifice myself for the team always. I would have done that at the start of the year.
“It has been a successful year and to play in the big games I have after the injury has been brilliant for me.”
Benson suffered a leg break and ankle ligament damage on the opening night of the season. He made his return immediately after the summer break in what was a remarkable recovery.
Not only that however the 27 year-old then suffered a further setback with a rib injury during the European campaign.
He does confirm though now that he is without pain and is intent on ensuring that he is at his peak for the showpiece event on November 3rd.
“Everything ok now from the injury. I have some days with the ankle that it is different but other than that I have come back strongly from everything.
“I have got back to sharpness as quickly as I could have hoped and I have been featuring regularly over the past few weeks which I am delighted about.
“I have been back in without any setbacks the past few weeks. Going into the final that is good for me and I hope to have 3-4 weeks of training and matches to reach my peak for the final.”
The back-to-back champions have been in incredible form domestically and haven’t tasted defeat in 31 matches during that time which stretches back to April.
A phenomenal run of form has seen Dundalk storm to all sorts of success and the current run is a club record.
Benson was full of praise for his teammates but insists that their goal is to continue that run further up to the end of the season.
“The team have been in brilliant form. 31 games unbeaten domestically and that is brilliant no matter where you are. It has been great for us and it has got us into a great position this season.
“It is important that we continue the form that we are in. The last thing that we need is to ease up and go into a blip before the cup final.
“It has happened other teams before but we want to keep standards up and finish out the season strongly.”
There are still points to play for in the league with three matches to round off the campaign starting with Bohemians on Friday.
The trip to Dalymount always presents a tough task and while Benson is expecting the same once more, he warned that there will be no slacking off as the season draws to a finish.
“Bohemians have had a great season. They are in a battle to finish in the European spots and they will be ready for the game. They will see it as a great opportunity to beat us.
“They will think it’s a good time to play us in respect to not having much to play for in the league itself but we still want to win every game.
“There’s points records and other things available to us that we want to achieve. The most important thing is that we keep our momentum going ahead of the cup final and we will be aiming to do that.”