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Boyle Ready For ‘Big Night’ Against Slovan

First Team News
// 12 Aug 2019

Dundalk FC face Slovan Bratislava on Tuesday night in the UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round Second Leg at Tallaght Stadium.

Vinny Perth’s men are trailing 1-0 from the first leg last week however there is a positive mood around the camp as we head into the return affair.

Centre-half Andy Boyle was speaking to dundalkfc.com ahead of that clash and he admitted some disappointment to concede the late goal, he is looking forward to the game on Tuesday and feels that the Lilywhites have the capacity to turn the tie around.

“We are looking forward to the game now. It was disappointing to concede the goal late last week. We defended well on the night and we could have got a goal ourselves.

“We had a few chances but it wasn’t to be and we know what we have to do in the second leg. It was a good game for us over there and we know that we can win the tie.

“It’s a big game. They are all big games at this stage but that’s what you want. We know what’s at stake and we know what it takes to get through. ”

The late goal means that Dundalk have to win by two clear goals on the night and that is something that Boyle feels that is well within their capability.

He pointed to the chances created by the Lilywhites last week and that the side are well aware of what is at stake and what is needed to progress.

“We had a few chances last week, we wanted to get the away goal but we weren’t able to get it. It’s the way the game went and we just were able to get through the match.

“We know what we have to do to get through, we are able to create chances and we know that we are going to have to take a few to get through but we are well capable of it. We are ready for it and it will be a difficult game.

“We know what to expect, we have been here before and we are ready for the challenge.”

We are back at Tallaght Stadium for the first time in Europe since we played here in the UEFA Europa League Group Stages in 2016.

Boyle was part of that side for the duration and he featured in all of the matches, including those in Tallaght, and he is looking forward to the return to the stadium.

12 August 2019; Andy Boyle ahead of a Dundalk press conference at Tallaght Stadium in Tallaght, Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

The 28 year-old is also hoping for a big crowd at the venue on Tuesday and looking to harness previous memories of our times here as we look to progress.

“We want a big crowd in Tallaght. We have always got good support there and the crowd we brought there a few weeks ago was brilliant, we want the same again and we want them all to get behind us.

“We have had so many special nights in Tallaght, especially in the last European run in 2016 but we are hoping that will help us on the night. We have got good experience of those nights and they will stand to us.

“We are going into the game in a positive mindset. We are looking forward to it. We are going to have ride our luck but Slovan Bratislva are a good side.

“We are a good side too and we are ready for the occasion. It’s going to be a difficult game but it’s one we are relishing.

“We have been positive in our approach to all the European games over the past few years and we will continue to that tomorrow night. If take the positive attitude into tomorrow evening and play to our ability then we will go through.”