Zayed goal, turning point

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EAMON Zayed’s opening goal - on the stroke of half-time - at Terryland Park on Friday was, according to Stephen kenny, the turning point in the game.

And while Kenny praised his striker on not only his goal, but his ability to link up well as a target man, he felt the goal settled his side into the game before his players produced a very strong second half performance.

“To be fair Galway came out of the traps very well and they did cause us quite a few problems during the early stages,” noted the Brandywell boss.

“They put it up to us early on and the game developed into a battle. Eamon’s goal, just before half-time, certainly settled us down and we worked our way into the game gradually and eventually got a foothold.

“I was delighted that we continued to create scoring chances and having missed the start of the season, I was also delighted that James McClean got back on the scoresheet with two superb goals in the second half.

“He continues to improve as a player and I think he caused Galway quite a few problems with his skill and pace,” added Kenny.

Gaining consistency has always been a priority for the Dubliner and having now recorded three consecutives victories, he continues to believe that there’s more to come from his current crop of players.

“Eamon Zayed is fitting in well now that he’s got a few games under his belt. He’s happy to bring players into the game with his back to goal while, at the same time, his priority is to score and he’s now netted goals in consecutive weeks which is good,” noted Kenny.

But he refused to get carried away now that his side share leadership of the Premier Division table in the company of the teams considered favourites to win the title this season.

“Obviously I’m absolutely delighted with our performances and the fact that we’re up there with Rovers and Sligo is a great bonus. But it’s also important to remember that we’ve played just seven matches in the league campaign.

“Our three consecutive wins have really helped us - two of those away from home - but to have bounced back after taking just three points after four games, which included matches against two of the bottom teams, gives us great satisfaction.

“We’ve been excellent bu there’s no room for complacency. We’ve been perforing well and that breeds confidence but we face another dangerous match this weekend against St. Pat’s.

“They’ve added a number of players after last year and were hoping to push on this season. At the moment, things have not gone to plan for them but that makes them dangerous and we’ll have to be on our guard when they arrive at the Brandywell this Friday night,” he concluded.