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Friday 24 November 2017

Miller: Lilies keeping calm

DUNDALK midfielder Tom Miller insists that Ian Foster's table-topping side are not getting carried away with their good start to the season.

The Lilywhites moved three points clear at the top of the table thanks to Monday's 2-1 win over Shamrock Rovers, and Foster's men can stretch their lead at the top if they can come away from second-placed St Pat's with a win tomorrow night -- but having suffered a shock defeat at home to bottom side Bray Wanderers last month, Dundalk are wary of talking themselves up as potential title winners.

"The mood in the camp is brilliant," says English midfielder Miller, who has been in stunning form for Dundalk since joining from SPL side Rangers at the start of the season.

"Everyone is happy. Nobody is getting carried away, though, with being top of the league, because we know that each game is going to be a test for us. There are only ten teams in the league, so a run of five or six games without a win and you could fall a lot of places. When you're winning you're happy, but we've got to keep working hard to maintain it.

"We can't take for granted where we are. This isn't an easy league and we're not where we are by relaxing and taking things easy, and that's the attitude maybe that we went into the Bray game with. But we lost and it showed us that we can't go into games thinking that we're going to win. It was a little bit of complacency -- it happens.

"We addressed that after the game. We can't lose points like that. If we want to be where we are then they're games we need to win. The next time we play them we know we need to give it our all like we did against Rovers. We were disappointed with the Bray performance, but we've bounced back well. To get six points out of six over the weekend and go three points clear is brilliant," added Miller.

"It's a great start to the season and we need to keep it going, but at the same time not get too carried away with it. We need to take each game as it comes and give it our best," he added.

Meanwhile, a UEFA delegation will visit Oriel Park in the coming weeks to determine if the ground is suitable for European football this season.

Dundalk have qualified for Europe for the first time in eight years, but the Lilywhites haven't played a home game in Europe at Oriel since 1991, when they lost 2-0 to Hungarian side Honved.

The FAI have confirmed that four clubs have been awarded UEFA licences to compete in Europe next summer, Bohemians playing in the Champions League and Shamrock Rovers, Dundalk and Sporting Fingal participating in the Europa League.

"All licences are awarded subject to the grounds meeting the criteria for a UEFA Category 2 stadium. As Oriel Park in Dundalk has not been used in UEFA competition since the new UEFA regulation came into force three years ago, a delegate from UEFA will visit Oriel Park in the coming weeks to determine its compliance," the FAI said today.

Meanwhile Noel McGee and Kevin Dunne have left Athlone Town, just 10 games into the new season.

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