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Saturday 21 October 2017

Towell positive Dundalk style will keep crowds coming

Riche Towell
Riche Towell

DUNDALK star Richie Towell believes that his side's mixture of a winning habit and their attacking style will make sure the crowds keep coming through the turnstiles at Oriel Park.

Given that there was no counter-attraction of live football on TV, attendances for some of the midweek games in the League of Ireland this week were disappointing: just 942 punters at one game (St Pats-Derry) and while the gate for the other game in Dublin (Bohemians-Dundalk) of 1,839 was an improvement on the gate for the Gypsies' last home game, a crowd of under 2,000 for a top-two battle is nothing to boast about.

Dundalk have averaged 3,500 for their home matches so far this year and despite the distraction of live TV coverage for the game, they hope to have another decent gate at home to a struggling Sligo Rovers tonight.

"We are getting good crowds at home and rightly so. With the football we play, people want to come out and watch us. If we keep putting in the performances we will keep getting the crowds," says Towell. "I think we had 3,800 at the last home game, which is great for Dundalk considering where they were a few years ago in terms of their gates, we should have another big crowd against Sligo tonight."

praise

Dundalk kept up their great start to 2015 with a 3-0 win over Bohs midweek, though Towell admits that the game was more of a battle than the scoreline would suggest, and while the club's free-scoring forwards and midfielders get the praise, he has pointed out the contribution of keeper Gary Rogers.

"Signing Gary Rogers was a great move for us," says Towell.

"Peter Cherrie did well for us last year and helped us win the league but Gary has raised the bar even higher this year. He kept us in the game away to Bohs in midweek, we could easily have dropped points without a keeper of Gary's class, that's what it takes to win leagues.

"We have a good base, a great keeper, a solid back four and Chris Shields sweeps up everything in front of the back four which allows the rest of us to go forward and get goals.

"This season is going well for us. If someone had told us in pre-season that we'd win the first four games and not concede a goal we'd have been very happy with that," he added.

"We're delighted to be here, it's down to our hard work and we have to keep working hard, we can't ease off against Sligo.

"I know Sligo will be hurt after losing in midweek so they'll be keen to cause us problems."

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