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Gartland Sees Plenty Of Positives After Shels Win

First Team News
// 12 Sep 2020

Dundalk returned to winning ways on Friday evening with a 3-2 victory over Shelbourne at Oriel Park.

One of the goalscorers on the night and someone involved at both ends of the pitch, cetnre-back Brian Gartland spoke to dundalkfc.com after the contest and he was understandably pleased to get the victory and feels there’s a lot of positives from the night.

“I said after Cobh, it doesn’t matter who you beat, it’s a brilliant feeling to win games. It’s infectious. It’s good to get the win.

“It’s disappointing to concede the two goals. A set piece and a peno…I don’t know what they’ve seen in that…I’ll be getting peno’s every week if they are going to be consistent!

“But the performance was decent. It was good. We have a lot of room to improve but we passed the ball well. We had a good intensity to us in the first half and at times in the second half.

“We caused Shels problem. We should have been more clinical in the final third but it was a good night for us and a lot of positive signs.”

Gartland got on the scoresheet with an early header which was the first time he has found the net in league action since June 2019.

The 33 year-old was pleased to contribute to the victory and is intent on that continuing.

11 September 2020; Aaron Dobbs of Shelbourne in action against Brian Gartland of Dundalk during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Dundalk and Shelbourne at Oriel Park in Dundalk, Louth. Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile

“It was that early in the game that I scored it was nearly forgotten about! But it was nice to score. I love scoring goals. Who doesn’t?

“It was good to contribute to the win in any way possible. I was disappointed to concede the goals that we did but to score at the other end is always good.

“Hopefully this can be the start of a good run. “

Focus now turns to the Europa League second qualifying round on Thursday against Inter Club d’Escaldes of Andorra.

The win warms up the Lilywhites for the venture to the Estadi Comunal and the Dubliner knows that it won’t be easy and is expecting a tough encounter against a side that contains international players.

However he is confident that Dundalk can get the result required and advance to the next round.

“It’s going to be a difficult game in Andorra next week. Inter Club have a lot of internationals and they are very experienced players. They have played against top players at that level.

“It’s never an easy game in Europe. I don’t know too much about them because we were only focused on Shelbourne. We only look one game at a time and that is the way that we have always been.

19 August 2020; Brian Gartland of Dundalk in action against Dario Vizinger of NK Celja during the UEFA Champions League First Qualifying Round match between NK Celja and Dundalk at Ferenc Szusza Stadion in Budapest, Hungary. Photo by Vid Ponikvar/Sportsfile

“Winning the Shels match means we can go into next week with confidence. If you loo ahead to next week without focusing on Shelbourne your performance will drop and the result won’t come.

“That would lead us into a bad place in Europe but the management staff have been doing a lot of work on them behind the scenes, over the next few days we will have a look at them. We will go in full of confidence and we are looking forward to it. “