Post-Match Reaction: Bennion & Rogers
Following Tuesday’s match with Shamrock Rovers, the Dundalk players were in a state of shock that they could not get anything from a match they totally dominated. Dundalkfc.com spoke to stand-in captain, Chris Bennion and Dave Rogers.Chris Bennion
“They have probably got into our half just once or twice. It’s very disappointing to lose at home. But we will brush ourselves down for the trip to Bray on Friday. I thought we were clearly the better team. The conditions were bad but we kept passing it about looking for an opening. We just didn’t have the finishing touch. It was a decent performance but we need to get out of this losing habit quickly. It should be a fortress in Oriel Park. You can’t fault the lads for effort. I haven’t had a save to make the entire game. The goal we conceded was disappointing from a defensive point of view. They have one shot that took a deflection off one of the lads. It was just one of those things. They just came here for a draw but once they got that break they set out their stall to hang on to it. Bray on Friday is a huge game. Last year in the First Division you could look at the fixtures and expect three points from certain games. It’s not like that in the Premier. Every game is very tough. The support from the fans was great again tonight. Hopefully we can get three points in Bray which will set us up for the Cork and Derry games”
“I’ve just come out of the dressing room and we just can’t believe it. We can’t believe that we have lost that game. In my entire career in Ireland over the past seven years – I have never been involved in such a one sided match. To come off on the losing team was unbelievable. The weather didn’t help. When the pitch is wet with the wind there is bound to be mistakes. Perhaps in the first half we were too frantic to score a goal. We still created a lot of chances. They’ve scored with a deflected shot and shut up shop. It’s very frustrating. The Gaffer won’t let us get too down. We’ve got a good dressing room and management. We’ll dust ourselves down and start preparing for Bray. Despite the conditions we still played the right way. That’s what the Gaffer and Joe has drilled into us since pre-season. The attitude and temperament of the players was great. I am flabbergasted. I cannot believe that we lost that game to a deflected goal. I’m looking forward to coming back in to get ready for Bray.