DUNDALK manager, Stephen Kenny has urged his side to ensure Derry City goalkeeper, Gerard Doherty isn’t awarded the ‘man of the match’ accolade when the teams meet tonight at Brandywell Stadium.
The ‘Lilywhites’ go into the game on the back of a disappointing scoreless draw against Longford Town last weekend largely due to a stunning display from goalkeeper, Paul Hunt.
It was a game Kenny felt his side should have won 5-0 given their domination and he is determined to avoid a repeat performance as the former City boss makes a return to Foyleside tonight.
Dundalk boast a formidable run of league results having won five and draw two of their last seven Premier Division fixtures.
However, their recent form in all competitions isn’t quite as impressive with one win in the last six games - three of which have finished scoreless.
Kenny, however puts that down to poor finishing and the outstanding form of opposition goalkeepers.
“I don’t think we have been any less prolific than we have been earlier in the season and the 0-0 draw with Longford was the first in the league since last October,” he explained.
“The other games were the 0-0 draw against Galway in the EA Sports Cup and the home game against BATE Borisov.
“In fairness you can’t compare those games. Should we be criticised for not scoring against BATE Borisov? I think that would be unfair.
“What we have to stop doing is making opposition goalkeepers man of the match. We need to be more clinical and the arrival of Sean Maguire and Ciaran Kilduff should help with that.”
Kenny hasn’t been surprised as Derry City have finally hit a bit of form and he expects a tough test.
“Derry have had a number of good results in recent weeks but that’s really no surprise because they have a lot of good players at their disposal.
“Both of our games this season have been tough matches so we’ll have to be ready for Friday night.
“We have been in great form in the league,” he continued. “In our last seven league games we’ve won five and drawn two. The games we drew were against Cork City when we were physically tired after the European games and against Longford Town when we should have won 5-0 so I feel we have been very consistent and have been playing well.”