David McMillan said Dundalk were determined to put Drogheda United to the sword to improve their goal difference as they returned to the top of SSE Airtricity Premier Division table with a 7-0 win at Oriel Park on Tuesday.
The Lilywhites were in blistering form as they dismantled 10-man Drogheda in front of a crowd of over 2,300 people.
Stephen Kenny’s side gained revenge for a heavy defeat on the opening day of the league and a controversial FAI Ford Cup semi-final loss to their rivals last year.
McMillan, scorer of two goals as a substitute last night, said: “It's a great result for us and to move us back to the top of the table which is the most important thing tonight. We have to try to refocus for Friday's game against Sligo.
“It is always nice to win against your rivals but it is just another three points for us. Everybody was a bit hurt by that 4-1 defeat (in March). We didn't play too poorly that night so it was a strange result.
“You can't really be set out to try to get revenge. You have to just focus on the game as it is and tonight it's a great win.
“It's good for our goal difference. When they went a man down it made things difficult for them. We were 2-0 up at that stage. Once we got the third their heads probably dropped a bit and we were eager to get as many goals as we could to improve our goal difference.”
“To win things in this country you have to have a good squad that when players aren't performing, others can step up to the mark.”
McMillan has made a number of influential appearances from the bench this year, with Patrick Hoban usually leading the line for Kenny’s men and Kurtis Byrne and Mark Griffin also vying for a place in attack in the team.
He feels the competition in Dundalk’s ranks is exactly what is needed to bring a trophy to the club.
“In the forward areas there is a lot of competition in particular,” McMillan said.
“Myself and Mark Griffin have come on tonight.
“We just have to be patient and hopeful our chances will come. That's a good thing.
“To win things in this country you have to have a good squad that when players aren't performing, others can step up to the mark. Hopefully it will continue throughout the season.”