Dundalk defender Sean Gannon has encouraged his side to cash in on home advantage over the next few weeks
Including Monday’s meeting with Bohemians, Dundalk will play their next four games at Oriel Park, including this Friday’s visit of St Patrick’s Athletic, the EA Sports Cup tie with UCD next Monday and the visit of Sligo Rovers on May 31st.
It’s another busy schedule for Vinny Perth’s side but speaking after the 2-0 victory away to Cork City in Turner’s Cross on Friday night, Gannon said he was was confident Dundalk had the squad to capitalise on such spells
“I think we’ve four games at home now in-a-row so we need to be winning our home games,” he said.
“The games are coming in quick succession so that’s hopefully where the depth of our squad will come in
“The last time we had a Friday-Monday, Friday-Monday schedule everyone contributed and we’re going to need that again over the next few weeks.
The 27-year-old spoke of his delight at making it seven wins from eight against the Rebels.
“The table is set aside in these games,” he said.
“Dundalk and Cork games are probably like no other game so we just wanted to get three points and keep putting wins on the table.
“It’s a very tough place to come, one of the toughest in the league. They’re a good team and Dundalk and Cork games are always lively. Neither team gives each other an inch but we came here for three points and we’re leaving with them so we’re delighted.
Gannon admitted that few would have tipped his fellow full back Dean Jarvis to open the scoring but he praised the left back for his ninth minute opener
“He has done brilliantly to follow the ball in,” said the Ringsend native.
“We were talking beforehand that the goalmouths were very hard and there was a lot of bobble around them so we said how important it was to follow balls in and he has done that and it was a great finish from him to be honest.”
Gannon said the timing of both goals, early in either half, was important but said while 2-0 was a good result to take back from Cork there was still more to come from his side.
“We knew coming out for the second half that 1-0 is a dangerous lead so we spoke about not sitting off and going for the second goal. To get it so early probably relaxed us a bit more and we kept the ball a lot better in the second half and were worthy winners in the end
“I think we can play better than we did, especially in the first half. Our use of the ball, myself included, could be better. I thought we were better in the second half and took control of the game but the second goal we needed it because they’re always very dangerous especially shooting into the Delaney Stand.”
Gannon’s cross for John Mountney’s header five minutes after the restart was his fourth assist in his last seven outings – equaling his total from the entire league season last year – but the right back says he hopes there are plenty more to come
“I’m just trying to help the team,” he said
“One thing I wanted to do was add assists to my game. Obviously playing in this team you’re expected to get forward a lot.
“Obviously first and foremost I have to defend but to help the team going forward that’s what I try and do every game so I’m just glad to be helping at the other end of the pitch,” said Gannon.