Sean Hoare has called on his team-mates to keep their good run going when they travel to face Cork City on Friday night.

The centre half, who scored a crucial second for Dundalk in their 2-0 win away to Bohemians last weekend, will miss the game in Turner’s Cross due to suspension.

The Bohs result has put Vinny Perth’s side top of the league for the first time this season and now that they’re there, Hoare is anxious they maintain that position.

“We’ve done well to get it back to where it is now so we’re delighted,” he said.

“We just have to keep going and take every game as it comes. Every game is tough in this league and it hasn’t always been like that. Every team has upped it and every game is now a massive challenge.

“Cork is as big as it gets still. They might not have been totally at it at times this year but they’ve had two wins on the bounce now. That form doesn’t matter though because we know what to expect from them at this stage.”

Hoare’s goal on Friday was his third league goal for the club, with all coming against Bohs. While he was pleased to be on target again, he says he wants to add more to his game.

“I love to score and I know I need to add more goals to my game but Dalymount is a good place for me at the minute.

“This one was important as it settled us a bit after the penalty miss and kind of killed off any challenge that they had because they were playing well and they were upping the tempo. They’re a brilliant side and they are where they are for a reason. They’ll definitely be challenging this season so it was good to kill it off when I did.”

Hoare is now hopeful that Dundalk can only get better when the likes of Robbie Benson and Jamie McGrath return form injury.

“We’ve had a few injuries and people have had to fill in here or there. We’re getting lads back now but we’ve a big squad so there are no excuses here. I wouldn’t put it down to lads being out that we had a few bad games. It’s down to the whole squad but we’ve Patrick McEleney back now, Benson isn’t far away and when you’ve players like that coming into the team it’s like a new signing,” he said.