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Monday 18 December 2017

Dundalk's Hatswell draws his own conclusions

DUNDALK came back from the death to earn a point at home to Drogheda United in the Louth derby at Oriel Park.

But Lilywhites defender Ian Hatswell says it could easily have been three points for Ian Foster's side.

Dundalk found themselves 2-0 down after only 20 minutes courtesy of a goal from Glenn Fitzpatrick and a Joe Kendrick penalty, but there was some relief for the home side when their former player Michael Daly received his marching orders. Neale Fenn got a goal back within a minute of that red card, and ex-Drogheda hero Fahrudin Kuduzovic got Dundalk level on 80 minutes.

"I'm disappointed that we didn't win," Hatswell said. "Obviously, they'll feel that the sending off changed the course of the game. But we didn't start well, we didn't impose ourselves on the game from the very beginning, and I suppose it showed that we have hardly played together.

"It was a difficult 45 minutes for us but, to be fair, in the first half we still could have had a couple of goals to level it back up -- how the lad has cleared one off the line I don't know.

"We had a couple of half-chances. We just felt that we didn't defend really well for the first couple of goals. But, at the end of the day, we could have gone on to win it.

"And I think we're disappointed, with the way we played in the second half, that we didn't win it. But I suppose, from the position we were in, that we're glad to get a point."

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