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Saturday 3 December 2016

Massey: our Euro vision put on hold

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Dane Massey
Dane Massey

The star-studded squad of Zenit St Petersburg have already plotted their course for Dublin this week, hoping to take three Europa League points from Dundalk at Tallaght Stadium on Thursday.

But Stephen Kenny's men are adamant that thoughts of Europe are on hold until after their trip to Longford tonight, the latest test in their battle to retain the league title.

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Yesterday's 2-0 win over Ural put Zenit joint top of the Russian league table, leaving them free to focus on Dundalk.

"It won't be an easy match and we'll have to analyse Dundalk.

"But, as always, we are going there looking for the win," said Belgian international Axel Witsel.

Dundalk also had a good away win over the weekend, Friday night's 3-0 defeat of Shamrock Rovers, but a battle-weary group head to the Midlands to face a Longford side who were all but relegated by Friday's 1-0 loss to Sligo Rovers.

"We're at the business end of the season now so it's a case of dealing with the matches one game at a time. We can't afford to start thinking or talking about Zenit as we have a tough match tonight in Longford," said defender Dane Massey, who ended his own scoring famine by nabbing a goal in the win over Rovers.

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"Longford have a big point to prove to their fans and Cork are hot on our tails, we know the run-in is going to be tough so we have to deal with all the challenges, if that's Rovers away like it was on Friday or Longford away tonight."

The Rovers win was costly as Stephen O'Donnell picked up an injury and joins Seán Gannon on the absent list but Robbie Benson is fit again.

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