Giovagnoli Happy With First Oriel Park Win
Dundalk interim head coach Filippo Giovagnoli was a happy man after Friday’s 3-2 victory over Shelbourne at Oriel Park.
Speaking to dundalkfc.com after the win, Giovagnoli admitted that there is work to do however was delighted with the performance and the result to go with it.
“I am happy with the performance. We have some things to work on. We are building up in the way that we want to play. We are getting close to the football that we want to play.
“It’s going to be a process but during the process we have to perform also. To ensure that we have to perform to a high level we have to rush some things but it was nice to win.
“In the short time that we have had to work with the players I am very happy with the game and happy that we have won. ”
The Italian has been in charge for a little over two weeks and now has two wins from two in competitive outings.
There has been a break since then with our league match against Derry City being postponed, which allowed the coach more time on the training pitch.
He believes that this work has paid off and he praised the composure, attitude and the desire of the players to continue in the face of adversity to secure the result.
“We have had a good two weeks since our last game in Cobh. The players have worked hard. They have shown a lot of desire and that is why they had that kind of performance.
“They were intense, they tried to play, they worked to the plan and that is what is important for me. They recovered their confidence and they did well.
“It was important that we didn’t lose our composure and our style. That is so important. Some times you can panic. Even when you are doing well and the opponents take their chances
“We kept our composure and we were focused on the plan which is what got us the result in the end.”
Giovagnoli now has six days until he manages in European competition for the very first time.
That tie is next Thursday against Inter Club d’Escaldes of Andorra in the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.
It is a match that he is looking forward to and even though he sees it ‘as just another game’, the 49 year-old is hopeful of progressing to the third round against Sheriff Tiraspol.
“We have time to prepare for the Europa League and we look forward to that. We have some work done and more to do but it’s just another game, right?
“We will prepare, we will do our work and we will go to try get the win. It will be tough yes but we will be ready and we want to get through to the next round.”