Dundalk star Richie Towell: Time for us to bounce back
DUNDALK star Richie Towell says there's no time for the league champions to feel sorry for themselves after a disappointing weekend has put the table toppers under pressure.
Stephen Kenny's side remain favourites to win the league but, despite some stunning mid-season form (Dundalk won 10 of their 11 games between May and July), they are now under real pressure, as Friday's 0-0 draw at home to Longford Town was their second draw in three games.
With Cork City winning again, a 2-0 defeat of Micky Adams' Sligo Rovers on Saturday night, Dundalk's lead had been cut to just four points and they now face a tough double-header against Derry City (Friday) and St Pats (Monday).
"The draw with Longford was disappointing, as champions we're expected to win every game," says midfielder Towell.
"But we can't dwell on, it we need to bounce back, get in a good week's training and get ready for a really tough game away to Derry, we have to get the three points there, but it's always hard up in Derry. We have 11 games left and we need to win our next match, we're desperate to retain our title," he added.
Meanwhile, bottom side Limerick continued their revival with a dramatic 4-3 win at home to Bohemians and they are now within sight of second-from-bottom Sligo Rovers.
"It gives us a lot of belief. We're four points behind, but we're concentrating on ourselves at the moment. If we can keep putting in performances like that in the second half, I think we have got a great chance of surviving," says Limerick's Shane Tracy.