Post-Match Reaction: Stephen Kenny
Dundalk suffered their second defeat of the season on Friday evening at Oriel Park 3-1 to Derry City. The win leaves the Lilywhites without a home win so far and speaking to dundalkfc.com after the match, manager Stephen Kenny admitted his annoyance at the performance.
Pictured above: Stephen Kenny with Niall Clifford, Boylesports – Match Sponsors v Derry City – and Dundalk FC Chairman Ciaran Bond.
“I’m very annoyed after that. The first half an hour, we played very well. Some great passing, movement, very enterprising stuff. 1-0 up and to concede the penalty like we did rocked us, knocked us back a bit. It looked very harsh, it looked manufactured, we’ll see it again and see whether it was or it wasn’t.
“We tried to pick it up again and get going but we conceded a goal from a corner that wasn’t cleared and that’s criminal. Third goal is a dubious penalty again. There is no consistency with these decisions. First half we played very well, second half didn’t play well enough and we have to accept that.”
The result means that Dundalk have now played five league games at home and have won none. This doesn’t concern Kenny but he feels that things could have been different on the night.
“I think inconsistently we have played well here. Against Shamrock Rovers, Limerick last week but we tried some very extravagant things in the period after half-time which didn’t come off and we got punished. Still, there is no reason for us to get punished because they didn’t really create anything clear-cut. Two penalties and a corner kick and that’s disappointing”.
The Lilywhites have got 12 points so far in the league and while a win would have been welcome, the former Derry City boss looked at the positives of the season so far and is looking to improve.
Peter Cherrie with Match Mascots Dillon Moran, Shane Moran & Kayleigh Gorman.
“We would have rather to win at home but we do have three wins so far. We have only been beaten by the top two – Sligo Rovers and Derry City – and we are not at the level them clubs are squad wise just yet. We have a lot of players who are capable of being at that level and we are going keep trying to improve.
“We have to cut out the defensive errors in our game, once we do that, we’ll keep improving.”
Photos: Nigel Caldwell and DC Photography.