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Wednesday 22 August 2018

We know all about threat posed by Dundalk, says O'Neill

THEY are edging closer and closer to the club's first Premier Division title in 16 years, but Shamrock Rovers boss Michael O'Neill (pictured) will tell his players to be wary of Dundalk at Oriel Park tonight, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

Friday's win for Rovers away to St Patrick's Athletic more or less ended any hopes Pats had of landing the title this season, Pats now 10 points behind Rovers, so it's up to second-placed Bohemians -- seven points adrift of Rovers -- to mount a challenge.

But despite a run of six successive league wins, Rovers fans will be anything but over-confident as they head north to Dundalk tonight: Rovers have lost just three times in the league this season and two of those losses were to Dundalk.

"The last game we lost this season was away to Dundalk, so we'll be looking to ensure that does not happen again," says O'Neill.

"We didn't play very well that night, but we have gone on to have a great unbeaten run since then.

"We will be going into this game looking for a win," added O'Neill, who was delighted with the character of his side as Rovers came from a goal down to win 3-1 away to Pats.

"It was a very difficult game, as we knew it would be. We gave ourselves a mountain to climb by giving away a goal so early in the game.

"However we did very well getting that goal before half time, and it turned out to be an accomplished performance and a great win," he added.

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