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McGrath: Looking Forward

First Team News
// 12 Feb 2018

Jamie McGrath says we need to take the positives from Sunday’s defeat against Cork City and work hard on the training ground over the coming week to ensure we’re in the best possible shape to face Bray Wanderers on Friday’s SSE Airtricity League opener.

It was a frustrating President’s Cup for Stephen Kenny’s side, who were beaten 4-2 by Cork. Having been infront 2-0 at half-time, it was a disappointing second half display by the Lilywhites.

“It’s obviously disappointing. Having such a good start, we were very dominant in the first half, 2-0 up,” McGrath said. “We talked at half time to not let that slip but we gave away a few sloppy goals and they’ve got a bit of momentum. A few lapses of concentration have cost us dearly.

“Obviously it’s still pre-season so it’s good to get a bit of game time before Bray next week. It’s more minutes for everybody, everybody’s that bit sharper, it’s another game and a good quality one, so it’s another sharpener for Bray.

“I thought we played well in parts. Players can take confidence from it. Just a few lapses of concentration and errors cost us in the end.”

The 21-year-old midfielder reflected with dundalkfc.com on his own personal performance in the bitter cold conditions at Oriel Park.

“Kind of the same as the team – pleased with the first half. Personally, maybe second half I could have sat in a bit more as we were on the ropes. It comes with experience so I’ll know for next time,” he said.

McGrath insists our focus now is on bouncing back when we take on Bray Wanderers in the first game of the season at Oriel Park on Friday.

“We talked before the game, saying no league is won today if we won or not. We’re still positive. We’ve had a good pre-season.  Obviously a few players will be back next week so we’ll be that bit stronger again, so we’ll be looking to get the first win of the season against Bray. That’s our main priority.”