Monday 18 December 2017

Schlingermann: Drogs relishing 'surprise packet' tag

DROGHEDA United keeper Micheál Schlingermann admits that his side are enjoying their status as the surprise packets of the new season.

Of course it's still early days in what could be a tough season for the Co Louth club but ahead of their trip west to face Galway United tonight, Drogheda sit proudly on six points from two games, alongside Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk.

"I don't think anyone expected us to be up there so high after two games, but we will take it," says Schlingermann, "Before the season started, people expected teams like Sligo to go well and yet here we are, two wins from two and ahead of a good few teams.

"We have worked hard to get a win in both games and I don't think anyone expected us to get a win against Sligo last week, especially as we came from behind.

"What we have to do now is make sure those wins count, the good work we have done so far will be undone if we lose in Galway tonight. We have Galway tonight, then Limerick and Derry, we'd hope to get a good few points from those games to put us into a good position, if we can be into double figures in terms of points early in in the season it will be a big help down the road."

Drogheda have a squad light on top-flight experience as players like Joe Gorman. Lloyd Buckley and Neil Yadolahi are still getting to grips with this level, but for keeper Schlingermann, the backroom staff of manager John McDonnell, assistant Pete Mahon and coach Mark Kinsella are vital.

"I think the staff have played a big part in what we have done so far. With Johnny, Pete and Mark we have three lads who have huge experience and they all work well together. There's a great chemistry and dynamic there and it's rubbing off on the team. We are playing well and a lot of that is down to the coaching staff," he added.

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