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Duffy Positive Heading To Riga

First Team News
// 12 Jul 2019

Dundalk winger Michael Duffy was disappointed not to beat Riga on Wednesday evening in the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round first leg but, speaking to dundalkfc.com, the Derry man is taking the positives from the night.

“It was a bit disappointing, I thought we could have won the game. I think we had most of the ball but in the attacking third of the pitch, from wide and myself, we weren’t really good enough usually we’re a lot better.

“We will look to next week now and take positives from the first leg. It was a bit frustrating because we didn’t really have that many clear cut chances which isn’t normally like us but we will work hard to improve that now for next week.”

The 2018 PFAI Player of the Year feels that he could have done better with some of his chances but was full of praise for his team mates.

“It was a just an off night from myself and the attacking players but the rest of the boys were brilliant and kept possession of the ball well, so we will go into next weeks game positive.

“I had a couple of half chances and crosses but I could have taken my time with a few of them, and waited for space to open up for a pass.”

The 24 year-old is expecting a more open game in Skonto Stadium next Wednesday and is looking forward to the clash.

“It might open up a bit more for us in the next game, they sat in a good bit at Oriel Park. We’re not going to dwell on the draw, we’re going to go away next week full of confidence. Our defence was brilliant in the first leg and Riga didn’t really have many chances.

“Chris Shields is always a big loss if he’s not playing but Sean Hoare was unbelievable when he moved to midfield and deserved his man of the match, he dropped in and played the whole second half and was brilliant – it just shows the depth of the squad again if somebody gets injured.

“We’re looking forward to next week, it’s only half time in the tie now and it’s 0-0 so we will go to Latvia in search of a goal or two and the win.”