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Kenny Ready For Final Showdown

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// 4 Nov 2017

Ahead of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Final, manager Stephen Kenny spoke to dundalkfc.com and he feels that preparation has gone well for the showpiece on Sunday.

“We have had a good week of training this week. Preparations have gone well. The players are looking forward to the final. Some of the players who have come back into training have benefited from the good week of training that we have had.

“Patrick McEleney, Dane Massey. Players like that. They have benefited from getting more training under their belt. John Mountney has had a great training week.

“All of the staff have done great work behind the scenes preparing the team from the football side of things. ”

10 October 2017; Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny and Stephen O’Donnell following the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Semi-Final Replay match between Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk at Tallaght Stadium in Tallaght, Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

The boss is anticipating a big crowd at Lansdowne Road on Sunday afternoon and has backed his players to perform on the big stage like they always have.

“A big crowd is expected and that is terrific. It’s brilliant to have a great crowd from Dundalk. The previous two finals have gone to extra-time and these matches are often decided on the fine margins.

“We will have to earn the right to win the match. We have to be willing to work hard for each other. I trust the players, I trust their talent.

“Always on the big days to win leagues and cups the players have always performed brilliantly. This year our preparation is a bit easier instead of flying in from Russia on the Friday last year to play.”

The 46 year-old feels that there is ‘a very high technical standard’ in the current squad and wants them to enjoy the occasion.

“We are playing against a team who have had a great season, Cork City. We will have to be at our best to win the game but we look forward to that, we look forward to playing and the occasion.

“There’s a very high technical standard in the team. I think on the big pitch in the AVIVA Stadium it suits the players. It gives space to pass the ball. We look forward to that.

“We train today. Stay overnight in Dublin and get ourselves ready for the game.

“Everyone is excited at the prospect of playing the game in the national stadium and we will go and enjoy it.”

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As Stephen confirmed John Mountney resumed full training this week which means the boss has a full squad to choose from going into the final.