Stephen O’Donnell said he liked what he saw on Monday night as Dundalk came from behind to beat Shelbourne 2-1 at Oriel Park.
The visitors went in front when John Ross Wilson pounced on a defensive error to round Nathan Shepperd and roll the ball home after just 15 minutes.
Dundalk burst from the traps in the second half with Rayhaan Tulloch grabbing his second goal in as many games before Andy Boyle rose highest to head home the winner from a Connor Malley corner with 69 minutes.
The victory came just three nights after Dundalk beat St Patrick’s Athletic 5-0 and O’Donnell feels that something special is starting to ‘brew’ at Oriel Park.
You can watch his full post-match interview on the Dundalk FC YouTube page or read his key quotes below. Boyle’s post-match interview can be viewed at the top of the page.
Stephen O’Donnell’s quotes
On the performance…
We started the game well but they scored a basic goal from our point of view, a poor goal to concede, and that sort of rattled us and we lost our way a little bit. I thought we started playing well again, 10, 15 minutes before half time and in the second half, we came out, we knew what we had to do, and we got an early goal. We built on it from there. In the last 10 minutes, we probably should have played a bit higher and got a press on the ball in their deep areas but, all in all, we’re delighted with the players. Six points from four days, we couldn’t ask for any more of them and there’s definitely a bit of camaraderie and chemistry starting to brew
On Rayhaan Tulloch…
You can see how much talent he has. He probably started a little bit slow but he grew into the game and at times his feet were electric. He’s an excellent footballer and we’re delighted to have him. In his first two starts, he’s scored two goals so we couldn’t have asked for a better start.
We made five changes and it just shows you the depth of our squad and we still have bodies to come back in on top of that. We have good quality and good competition for places and it’s healthy competition. Everyone is getting on with each other and they’re pushing each other. Whoever starts, the lads behind that are backing them. When I named the team yesterday, I saw a couple of pats on the back from the lads not playing to the boys that were starting so I like what’s brewing here from a chemistry point of view.
On the scenes at the end…
I shook hands and then I was sort of walking onto the pitch and it sort of all kicked off behind me. I don’t know. It’s all a lot of nonsense. You do your talking on the pitch and you leave it at that, win, lose, or draw.
On going to Derry…
I don’t put pressure on our boys to get points. For me, it’s about performances and if we get good performances, hopefully, the points will follow. We targeted the Pat’s and Shels games over the weekend and we’ve got a maximum of six from six so we’re looking forward to another quick turnaround now on Friday and what should be a good game in Derry.
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