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Sloggett Desperate To Right Some Wrongs At Dalymount

// 4 Aug 2020

After a frustrating first night back against St Patrick’s Athletic, Dundalk midfielder Greg Sloggett says that this Friday’s trip to Bohemians can’t come quick enough for the Lilywhites.

One hundred and forty-seven days after COVID-19 brought the curtain abruptly crashing down on the SSE Airtricity League season, the RTE cameras were at Oriel Park for the restart on Friday night but it was Stephen O’Donnell’s side who earned the plaudits thanks to a high-energy display which saw them return home to Inchicore with a point.

Patrick Hoban’s 100th goal for the club put Dundalk in the box seat but the Lilywhites were undone less than two minutes later when Robbie Benson stole in to flash a quickfire equaliser past Gary Rogers.

Sloggett had Dundalk’s best chance of the second half but he headed a gilt-edged opportunity over Brendan Clarke’s crossbar and, speaking to dundalkfc.com on Tuesday, he said he was desperate to get back on the pitch and right some wrongs.

Greg Sloggett battles with St Patrick’s Athletic’s Robbie Benson. Picture: Ciaran Culligan

“We can’t wait for Friday to come around because we’re all looking to put things right,” he said. “The performance against Pat’s just wasn’t up to the level that we expect from ourselves and we want to bounce back against Bohemians.

“Pat’s pressed us quite well but we didn’t have enough composure on the ball and we didn’t dictate the play enough in the final third. We have to give Pat’s credit but we need to look at ourselves and see what we can improve on and that’s what we have been doing this week.”

Keith Long’s side moved to within a point of Dundalk in the league table thanks to a 1-0 win over Cork City at Turner’s Cross on Sunday and Sloggett knows that nothing will come easy in Phibsborough, even though there will be no supporters present.

“Bohemians are always a difficult team to beat and we won’t have it easy up there,” said Sloggett. “They have a big squad and it’s hard to know exactly what way they’ll set up but we know what shape they’ll play and how resilient they will be.”

Patrick Hoban wears a t-shirt in honour of Harry Taaffe before Friday night’s 1-1 draw with St Patrick’s Athletic. Picture: Ciaran Culligan

The 1-1 draw with Pat’s, coupled with Shamrock Rovers’ 3-1 win over Finn Harps on Saturday, leaves Dundalk five points behind the Hoops with just 12 games to play and Sloggett admits that they can’t afford any more slip-ups.

“We said that before the season resumed and there certainly isn’t any room for mistakes now,” he said. “We just need to get back on the train and get back to winning ways as soon as possible.

“Every point is crucial at this stage and we need to make every game count,” he added. “We have 12 matches left and we need to look at taking three points from every one of them.”

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