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Keegan Frustrated But Looking Forward To Next Week

First Team News
// 17 Oct 2020

Dundalk were held to a scoreless draw by Bohemians on Friday night in the SSE Airtricity League at Oriel Park.

The Lilywhites were aiming to make it two wins in three days after defeating Cork City however they couldn’t find a winner and speaking to dundalkfc.com after the match was coach Shane Keegan and he summed up the night as frustrating for the players but felt we were full value for the win.

“Frustration is the best word you would use to describe the night for us. Bohemians were very organised, they know what they are good at and I suppose they did it well. They are good on the counter attack, that is for sure.

“They are quite direct. They played very differently last night than when I watched them last Friday night. I thought they would come and play a bit more like they did last week.

“I felt that maybe they thought they could go and win the league but they were happy enough with the point and we aren’t overly happy with it so they got what they wanted. “

That was the Lilywhites second game of three in six days and Keegan was refusing to use that as an excuse however and wouldn’t swap the position that we are in for anything.

“The short turnaround was a factor and it’s going to be a challenge over the next few weeks. It’s a challenge that we are aware of and we are looking forward to it.

“We have a good strong squad, we are making three to four changes every game and we are able to do that. The match on Tuesday played a part in some of our play on Friday but I thought we were good.

“We have put ourselves in this position where we are going to have lots of games in a short space of time and we wouldn’t swap it for anything in the world.”

11 September 2020; Dundalk opposition analyst Shane Keegan, right, in conversation with Dundalk interim head coach Filippo Giovagnoli ahead of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Dundalk and Shelbourne at Oriel Park in Dundalk, Louth. Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile

Our UEFA Europa League group stage campaign kicks off on Thursday evening with a home match against Molde FK and that is something which the management team have been working on in the background but they are focused on domestic matters first.

“Preparation is underway in between the league matches for Molde in every second that we get, we haven’t been able to do an awful lot but they are playing this evening so will be good to get a look at them.

“But we are focused on the league matches and come Tuesday morning we will present to the players, we will examine them in depth and we will have all our research done and be ready come the whistle on Thursday.”

1 October 2020; Brian Gartland of Dundalk, left, and Dundalk opposition analyst Shane Keegan ahead of the UEFA Europa League Play-off match between Dundalk and Ki Klaksvik at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile

That domestic match takes us to Derry City on Monday evening and while the Laois native is looking forward to the match and feels the side will put in the performance that gets the Lilywhites the victory.

“We were frustrated on Friday but we can’t dwell on it and going into last Tuesday we said we would be happy with seven points from nine and we are still on course for that.

“We have to go and deliver a good performance on Monday in Derry and we are capable of that. We want to go there and get three points to round off a successful week for us going into Molde on Thursday.”