Greg Sloggett feels Dundalk will gel in time to ensure they claim their first victory of the season at home to Finn Harps this Friday night (kick-off 5.45pm, live on WATCHLOI).

By their own admission, there were a few teething problems for the Lilywhites as they opened their campaign with a 1-1 draw away to Sligo Rovers at the weekend.

By contrast a Finn Harps side with just two debutants in the starting 11 – one of whom was the returning Ethan Boyle – claimed arguably the result of the weekend in beating Bohemians 1-0 at Finn Park.

The article as it appeared in The Argus on March 23rd 2021

Sloggett admitted there was a bedding in process required for sides across the league to get used to new recruits but he doesn’t feel Harps being the most settled of anyone will help Ollie Horgan’s men when they arrive at Oriel Park on Friday.

“I think year on year you want to have settled squads but if you need to change over players then so be it.

“It’s renowned in this league that players come and go and chop and change and there’s plenty of that and plenty of years where it hasn’t affected teams and they’ve gone and kicked on.

“I think everyone has gelled in quite well here. Were there some teething problems? Yes and no. They came out and pressed us aggressively and pressed us high up the pitch and any game like that where they are pressing high and we’re pressing high it is going to end up in a kind of a frantic feel to it and it had the opening night nerves to it as well.

“Yes, of course we have plenty of new players in there as well so there’s a bedding in process as well but it’s apparent in a lot of the first games I think.

“We were short a game in pre-season as well that we missed out on up in Derry so there is going to be a bit of that in the first couple of games.

“It was a frantic game tonight as we’ve mentioned but I don’t think there will be any issues bedding in players.

“Harps had a good win tonight but we’ll have to go and beat them now next week, it’s as simple as that,” he said.

The midfielder admitted to being disappointed at not having won at The Showgrounds.

“Every game we go into we want to win so in that regard it’s disappointing to only be coming away with one point.

“I think that’s definitely a game we felt we could have won. We kicked on and got the first goal which is positive. We came with a plan to press hard and aggressively and it has paid off.

“We’ve worked on defending set pieces but we didn’t set up quick enough. That is disappointing and something we’ll have to look back on but I think looking back on it they had a couple of chances in the second half and it could have gone either way so a point in some ways was a fair result.

“You know you’re going to get tough games in this league, particularly on the opening night. I remember last year we played Derry on the opening night and it was a tight game but then Dane Massey popped up and came away with a goal from a corner and that’s sometimes that’s all the difference is. We’re disappointed not to come away with three points but in the end a draw is possibly a fair result,” he said.