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Kenny: We Have To Earn It

First Team News
// 3 Nov 2018

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny is hoping his players can carry their league form into the FAI Cup Final on Sunday against Cork City. Speaking to dundalkfc.com ahead of the showpiece event, Kenny feels that preparation has been good ahead of their fourth successive final.

“Preparations have been fine. Players have been in really good form the last few weeks and then we went into the Bohemians game last week with a few injuries so it wasn’t a perfect week.

“We had to modify our training slightly with the players that have been missing but we have done what has stood to us over the past while.  Our preparations will be good and we will be ready. The players have played well this season. We want to carry that into the final.

“I am confident though that we will have everyone fit. ”

It is the fourth straight final for the Lilywhites and indeed the Leesiders and that is something which Kenny isn’t taking for granted.

“It’s a great honour to be in the FAI Cup Final. We can never be complacent about that. This club went 13 years without a Cup final and it was a long period before that since the previous one as well.

“We shouldn’t and we don’t take it for granted. It’s a great position to be in to win a ‘Double-Double’ if you like as well as the league titles. That is what we want. We want to try and play well tomorrow and to put in a good performance.”

The 47 year-old knows what to expect from Cork City, as a ‘formidable opponent’ and wants his troops to earn the trophy and to put in a performance fitting of winning the trophy.

“We have to earn it. We know that Cork City will be formidable opponents and no one hands you the trophy. We have to go and earn it and we understand that. Cork City have been very consistent.

“We want to put in a great performance on the day.We want the players go out and express themselves so hopefully we can do that.

“It’s a great occasion the FAI Cup Final and the players are looking forward to going and playing at the AVIVA Stadium. We have had a great season winning the league.

It would be a perfect season for us if we could win the double and we are hoping to do that.”