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Manager Stephen Kenny tries to keep Dundalk grounded as title moves closer

Updated: Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 15:44 | Comments

Stephen Kenny's side are closing on the league title
Stephen Kenny's side are closing on the league title

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny will not let his players get ahead of themselves despite taking a massive step towards securing the SSE Airtricity Premier Division title on Friday night.

The Lilywhites came from behind to beat Bohemians 3-2 in Oriel Park with David McMillan bagging a crucial brace in the second half.

Meanwhile, title rivals Cork City were held 2-2 by bottom of the table Athlone Town as a six-point gap was opened up at the top with just seven games remaining.

Kenny said he will not look beyond next week’s double-header of games with St Patrick’s Athletic and Derry City.

He told RTÉ Sport: “I don't think we're looking at end of seasons. Realistically we are just looking at St Pat's on Friday. It's a big weekend, two big games and we're not getting ahead of ourselves. We would be foolish to do so. We're going to keep our feet on the ground, work hard and get ready for St Patrick's on Friday.

“There have been great games here (Oriel Park) all season. There has been plenty of drama, tonight was no different. Anyone that came tonight would have enjoyed it and it was a big win for us.”

“It was a terrific goal. It lifted the roof off the stands. It was a great moment.”

Kenny added that when 2-1 down, his players showed great belief in themselves to mount a comeback and the moment McMillan clinched the winner brought a memorable roar amongst the 2,627-crowd as Oriel saluted a big moment in the title race.

“It's a great result for us,” Kenny said.

“I don't think we did too much wrong in the first half. We found ourselves 2-1 down after taking the lead but there were two phenomenal strikes from Bohemians through Karl Moore and Dinny Corcoran. Sometimes that happens and there is not a lot you can do about it really.

“We probably afforded them a little bit too much time to get the strikes in. They were hit so cleanly that Peter Cherrie had absolutely no chance. It's easy to get frustrated and it's easy to get disillusioned when that happens.

“But to be fair to the players they just focused on the match itself and in the second half there was two really good goals from David McMillan to win it. We're delighted with the win. It's a great win to be 2-1 down and come back to win 3-2.

“Right from the start of the second half we had chances. It just looked like we knew we were well capable of scoring. David McMillan's header was a very difficult technique from an in-swinging cross towards the far corner.

“The second goal as well is just pure quality from him. Nine of 10 times you'd blaze them over the bar. But he kept his eye on the ball, kept it down and hit it with great power. It was a terrific goal. It lifted the roof off the stands. It was a great moment.”

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