Having gone 560 days without a goal for Dundalk, Sean Murray’s header against Molde at Tallaght Stadium on Thursday night was his fourth big one in the space of 29 days.
While it was not enough to earn either a point or three points in the end for Filippo Giovagnoli’s side, ahead of what will be his 50th appearance for the club against Arsenal on Thursday night, Murray is one of the real positives to have emerged from Dundalk’s European journey.
Speaking after Thursday’s 2-1 defeat to Molde, the midfielder says he is now brimming with confidence and feels he can score every time he takes to the pitch.
“Yeah I feel like I am,” he said.
“I’ve a bit of confidence at the moment, which helps a lot, and I feel like if I can get into a position then I can score.”
He also revealed that he had told John Mountney to put an early cross into the box for him in the minutes prior to his 35th minute header.
“I’ve been looking at getting into that space for the last couple of weeks and I spoke to Mounts early on in the game and I said ‘just take a touch and cross it in’ and luckily it was right on my head. I just closed my eyes when it hit my head and luckily it went in.”
Meanwhile, fellow midfielder Greg Sloggett feels Dundalk will learn a lot from the Molde defeat.
“I think we can take a lot of positives from it. We held our own in a lot of ways and I think it’s even more disappointing to lose off the back of going ahead. We really felt it was there for us but we’ll learn a lot from it.
“The 15-20 minute spell at the start of the second half is where we fell back and they took the game by the scruff of the neck. Obviously we’re disappointed about that but we have to give them credit. They’re a good side and it’s never going to be easy in this competition,” he said.