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Both the players and fans looked like they really enjoyed that win in Oriel Park afterwards, a victory and scoreline you said you felt had been coming in recent weeks?
“We felt that as a group it was coming. We knew that the performances were good and we obviously just needed to add the final bits to it. But we knew we were performing well, the result was what it was on Friday and that could have happened last week or the week before. Thankfully it came on Friday. “
How did you think the first half hour had played out before the red card for Benson?
“I thought we looked very good. We created chances and looked dangerous. You could see what we were working on was starting to hurt them. I think we were in control of the game before the sending-off and obviously after it.”
Each of our first three goals came from crosses and headers, Rory, Lee and Johnny, and Graham’s is a good pass and goal as well, was there a lot to admire about the assists and finishes on the night?
“There was some really good play. We’ve been creating similar opportunities the past few weeks and we haven’t been taking them but we knew it was only a matter of time. We created some really good opportunities on Friday and thankfully we managed to take four of them. It was really good play leading up to all four goals.”
Did you feel there was an added intensity to our play from the off and also a ruthlessness shown against ten men, which we have found tricky to play against in the past?
“I don’t think there was an added intensity. The scoreline can change people’s perspective of the actual performance. The performances have been very similar to that the last few weeks and the scoreline has changed how people feel about the game but we can’t allow that to happen. I think it’s just a continuation of what we’ve done the last few weeks and this week we’ve got our rewards. It was positive that when we got two, we looked for three and four and possibly could have had another couple. That’s something that we had spoken about in pre-season, and this season, that we want to be more ruthless in those situations. So it was pleasing to see that on Friday.”
Bohs have had a great start with six wins out of seven. What have you made of them so far?
“They’ve had a great start, six wins out of seven and they’ll be delighted with that. They’ve been doing well. We know that it being a Dublin derby, us against Bohs and since they’ve started really well that it’s going to be a difficult game. But I believe it’s one that we’re ready for.”
They’ll be full of confidence and we’ll be buoyed by our high scoring win and performance in Oriel Park but derbies have gone for and against us over the years, regardless of form. What factors often make the difference in your view?
“We need to go and perform like we have been and we need to focus. Games like this can be decided on the small details and small margins. We need to do everything possible to make sure that we come out on the right side of them. In the last few years, form has usually gone out the window in these games so we’ll go and try to perform as best we can.”
There’s the usual big interest in the derby at Dalymount but as well as that, it’s the first league game on Virgin Media and crowds in the league continue to rise, so in a broader sense is that great to see happening?
“It’s great to see the league growing. All across the league attendances seem to be up and long may that continue. We’ve got to keep working extremely hard, everyone in the league and connected to the league, and keep going. It’s great that the game is on Virgin and hopefully they get a big audience and we can put on a good game. It’s just about trying to improve the game, every week, every day and it’s great to see where the attendances and interest in the league is at the moment.”
It was great to see Aaron Greene return to action and Ronan Finn back in the squad in Dundalk but Trevor Clarke and Liam Burt weren’t in it. Any injury issues for them or anyone else going into Dalymount?
“Liam will be out. He’s been carrying a knock from last year that wasn’t really looked after last year. We tried to manage it this year but it just got too sore for him, so we decided to take him out and try and get it right. Liam has been missing the last two weeks and he’ll probably be missing the next two or three as well. We have to look at the bigger picture with that one. Trevor is fine, he had a knock but it wasn’t too bad and he should be fine for Friday. There were one or two other niggles after Dundalk but nothing major. We should be OK other than that.”