Giovagnoli Confirms That Hoban’s Season Is Over
Speaking after the 4-1 win over Bohemians on Friday night, Dundalk head coach Filippo Giovagnoli confirmed that Patrick Hoban will miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury.
The Lilywhites striker hobbled off in the final league game of the season against Sligo Rovers after landing awkwardly on his foot and the Italian revealed that Hoban will require an operation to repair the damage.
“I want to dedicate this win to Patrick Hoban because he will have surgery on Monday but also because he had some good news, he had a newborn daughter on Thursday,” said Giovagnoli. “This victory is for him and we hope to have him back soon.”
With Hoban sidelined, David McMillan took centre stage. His brace at Dalymount Park took his Dundalk goal haul to 80. Nine of those have come in the FAI Cup and only the great Joey Donnelly – with 14 – has scored more for the club in the competition.
“David had a great performance,” said Giovagnoli. “His finishing was really sharp. He had 11 days of training before the game and he was really good. WIth Pat injured, he will be a big player for us.”
McMillan also played a part in Dundalk’s opener after just two minutes. A six-pass move that started at the feet of Gary Rogers ended with Michael Duffy racing onto his pass to slot the ball past James Talbot and leave Giovagnoli purring with approval.
“We really prepared that kind of attacking situation,” he said. “We were really sharp in what we did and the execution was unbelievable. When the things you try during the week happen in a game, it makes you really happy as a coach.”
Substitute Nathan Oduwa capped a great night when he came off the bench to register his first goal for the club and book Giovagnoli’s men a semi-final showdown with Athlone Town on Sunday, November 29th.
“We know that Nathan is really dangerous when he has space,” said Filippo. “He had a great performance when he came on in Vienna and he was the same tonight. He is a really dangerous player and we hope he will help us until the end of the season.”