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Stephen O’Donnell says that Dundalk need to regroup quickly after Good Friday’s 2-1 defeat against Shelbourne at Tolka Park.

The result left the Lilywhites rooted to the bottom of the SSE Airtricity Men’s Premier Division table ahead of Easter Monday’s Louth Derby against Drogheda United at Oriel Park.

A return of two points from their opening six games constitutes the club’s worst start to a season in 52 years but O’Donnell said he had “full belief” that his players could turn things around, starting with Monday’s early kickoff against a Drogs side who sit second from bottom.

“I’m not disillusioned,” said O’Donnell after the 2-1 loss in Drumcondra, “I don’t really get disillusioned in the sense that there’s a job to do and there’s a job in hand. It’s a massive job now in regards to getting us ready for Monday and that’s the way I see it.

“I have belief in the players. Again, we need to play with more incisiveness and more penetration. We need to think more aggressively in our play, there’s no doubt about that and that’s what we’ll be working towards.

“We’ve not started the season well, we know that, but are you going to dwell on it, or are you going to get ready for the challenge ahead? We have Monday straight away and an early kick-off at one o’clock and we’ve to get ready for the game.”