Shields: There’ll Be No Let Up
Dundalk extended their unbeaten run to 31 games domestically with a 1-0 win over Derry City last Friday.
Daniel Kelly netted the only goal of the game with 23 minutes left on the clock to see the Lilywhites win yet again at Oriel Park and preserve their unbeaten home record this season.
Keeping up the current form is something which is important to Dundalk and speaking to dundalkfc.com midfielder Chris Shields outlined the value of continuing that form.
“It’s important that we keep the momentum going into the final. The last thing we want to do is go there flat and that is why it was good to get the win against Derry City. We want to keep performing well and wins will come with that.
“It was a tough game but it is nice to get the win. Derry City put it up to us. I felt we controlled the game, in particular the second half and we got the goal which settled things in the end. We want to win every game.
“There’s no escaping that and I feel it was a good performance. ”
The match schedule has been manic since the defeat to Slovan Bratislava in August but Dundalk have been on an amazing run since April and that form has culminated in clinching the league title and EA SPORTS Cup.
Things have indeed settled down a bit with matches becoming weekly occurances…that has been welcomed by Shields and the squad but wants to win all the remaining fixtures including the two cups up for grabs at the end of the month.
“It has been a big schedule. We have been playing a lot of games in a short space of time but it has all settled down now, it’s gone to a game a week which is better for everyone. It’s hard playing so many games but that is the way it is.
“We are down to the game a week which has been a long time coming but it will suit us. It will be better for us to lead in to the FAI Cup final and we want to see out the season now and win as many as we can.
“We won’t be letting up, we want to finish the season strongly and that is the aim over the next month. ”
Bohemians are up next for Dundalk and like Derry City, they are competing for one of the two remaining European spots.
Each game is treated with respect by the champions and Friday is no different as Vinny Perth’s men look to win their fifth match in 2019 against Bohs.
The Dublin native though isn’t intending to let up and wants to continue the winning streak at Dalymount Park on Friday
“There’s no easy games in the league, it’s tough to break teams down and now we are going to have that next year. As the champions everyone wants to beat you and we are used to that now but we still have a lot to play for this year.
“We have three games left in the league and the Cup final so we want to be ready for all of those. We want to put in good performances and keep our run going away to Bohemians on Friday.”