Shields: Great Character
Dundalk midfielder Chris Shields was delighted with his side’s character to come back and get the win they needed against St. Patrick’s Athletic.
Two goals from Patrick Hoban and one from Shields helped the Lilywhites to a 3-1 victory which put them top of the SSE Airtricity League by 4 points.
He told dundalkfc.com: “I’m thankful to score. It’s rare that I get one goal never mind two in a season and at an important time too because we were flat in the first half, so we needed to play well in the second half and thankfully everyone did.
“We went into the half time break 1-0 down and had to regroup but I think it showed great character by us to get the 3 goals in the end.
“Pats are a good team it’s not easy to come here and win. They put in one of their best performances this season and it showed real character to dig in and grind out 5 corners in-a-row.
“Some other teams might slip and concede so they would be walking away with a point but lucky for us we defended well and then all of a sudden we went on the break and scored.”
Shields praised the effort put in by his teammates to secure the result needed and said that they rose to the occasion, led from the front by Hoban.
“Patrick Hoban is firing on all cylinders, that’s 21 goals so far this season for him and then Mickey Duffy done all the work and set it up for me for the second goal. He’s another player in a great vain of form this season and it’s great to have the 2 of them.
“I think myself and Robbie Benson have a good understanding in midfield at the minute, we’re going through a good period of form but we need to push on for the remaining 12 weeks of the season and bring it in to every competition that we’re in.
The 27-year-old is now looking towards the UEFA Europa League tie against FCI Levadia Tallinn next Thursday.
“For us now it’ll be recover in the morning we’ll do our homework on Levadia and get ready for the game on Thursday and go to it fully focused,” he said.