Dundalk defender Dane Massey has called on his side to build on their victory away to Shamrock Rovers on Friday night by making it eight wins in-a-row against Waterford FC on Monday.

Friday’s 1-0 win at Tallaght Stadium has left Vinny Perth’s side with an eight point lead at the top of the SSE Airtricity League table.

However, Massey feels it is just as important to follow that huge result up with further wins at home to Waterford on Monday and away to Derry City on Friday.

He said: “The Waterford game is now more important than anything else.

“We have to push on now after that win and back it up.”

The left back said that while Dundalk rode their luck at times on Friday, he felt they deserved the victory in the end.

“It was a little bit of a smash and grab but we’ll take it all day,” said Massey.

“I thought we were excellent defensively. We limited them to very few chances and we took our chance when it came so I felt we deserved it on the night.

“You have to give credit to Shamrock Rovers as well. They’re a good team and they’re pushing us all the way this year and I’m sure they will right until the end of the season. All we had to do was keep a clean sheet and we knew we could get a result.”

A key moment in the game came midway through the first half when Massey cleared Ronan Finn’s shot off the line but he was quick to play down the moment when it was put to him afterwards.

“It could have been anyone,” he said.

“That’s my job and I had to do it. Gary was close to it as well but we rode it out well.

“We were under pressure for 15 or 20 minutes in the first half but we saw it out well and that’s what we do best. We have an ability to go away and grind results out and we proved that again tonight.”

The 31-year-old praised Sean Gannon for his 73rd minute winner but joked that his opposite full back didn’t mean to score.

“I reckon it was definitely a tackle,” laughed Massey.

“It definitely couldn’t have been a shot because it’s not like him to get a goal.

“He’ll take it as he’s a past player. I think he spotted his mother and father in the crowd so it was a special moment for him.”