Chris Shields will hit a Dundalk milestone this Friday against Sligo Rovers but the only thing on his mind is three points.
The midfielder, who has been at Oriel Park since the 2012 season, will make his 200th league appearance against the Bit O Red. It will also be the 250th league start of his career including his time at former club Bray Wanderers.
While the 28-year-old was pleased to hear about the landmark, beating Sligo for the first time in three attempts this season is his primary goal.
“200 is a nice number but hopefully there are plenty more to come. It’s a good milestone to hit and hopefully I can mark it with a win.
“Sligo have taken four points off us this year and they can be tough opposition so we’ll be looking to stick one to them next week,” said Shields.
The midfielder is also hoping a positive result against Liam Buckley’s side will be a little more comfortable than the last minute winners Dundalk have been conjuring up of late.
“It’s not particularly how I’d like to win games,” he said after Friday’s dramatic victory over St Patrick’s Athletic.
“It was a poor enough performance in the first half anyway. The second half was better. It’s another late goal and a dramatic win again but it’s testament to us to keep going and getting the late wins. That’s the sign of a good side.
“You take them whatever way they go in. We had one or two before that that could have went in. Georgie’s header whistled by the post and Mickey’s deflection had just rolled past but we were creating chances and I think there was only one team looking to really win it.
“We’re not fluking these last minute winners. We have teams penned in and we’re just managing to score in the last minute but it could happen before that.”
Shields is now just focused on keeping the winning run going into the break but is well aware it won’t be easy.
“Sligo are tough and then any game up in Ballybofey is difficult so we’ll be fully focused on them and then whatever the league throws up after that we’ll be ready for it.”