Finn and Rovers aiming to call a halt to Dundalk’s unbeaten run
Meeting of the top two at Tallaght could have a significant bearing on the title race
Ronan Finn: Shamrock Rovers captain will face his former club Dundalk at Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho
Catapulted clear at the summit on the back of 11 wins from their last 12 unbeaten games, Dundalk would open up an eight-point lead over Rovers, who’ve dropped five points in their last two outings, should they beat their rivals.
“Yes, of course, it’s a big game for us, a big occasion for the club in the context of league standings at the moment, first v second,” said Rovers captain Finn, a two-time title winner in his spell at Dundalk.
“If we win the season is far from over; a draw, it’s far from over. If we did lose . . . we’d feel we’re still in it. We want to go and get three points and reel them in a little, but, even if we do [lose], the season is far from over. There’s still a lot of football to play.”
Despite a slow start, Finn knew his former club, with the depth of squad and personnel in it, were always going to find their rhythm.
“They have that bit of experience, that they’ve been there over the last few years and they were never going to drop off or fall away, they were always going to come good.
“Over the last few weeks, we’ve dropped points, but we haven’t been playing terribly. Now, we need to get back to winning games. Tonight is a great game to do it in, but it’s going to be far from easy. We know Dundalk are a top side and we’re going to have to be at our best to beat them.”
Despite their two most recent results, Finn feels Rovers are in good fettle themselves.
“We’ve been playing a really good brand of football this season, we’ve scored some goals, defensively we’ve been very good,” said the 31-year-old midfielder.
“We’ve had a couple of slip-ups of late, the defeat to Bohs, the draw to Derry, but we’re still full of confidence.
“That’s not dented, we know who we are. We know we can play and we’re going to try to play football, create chances, and we’ve got players who can hurt them.”
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