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"There's Still Empty Seats" - Brian Gartland Had A Strong Message For Irish Football Fans

"There's Still Empty Seats" - Brian Gartland Had A Strong Message For Irish Football Fans

A couple of hours removed from Dundalk's historic Europa League victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv in Tallaght, Lillywhites defender Brian Gartland joined the prolific Eir Sport media team for a fascinating Facebook live video.

Gartland was still visibly elated by his side's monumental feat on the pitch, but wasted no time in pointing out the one glaring downside to a fantastic night for himself and the club.

Turning to the camera, Gartland said:

It's some feeling. The atmosphere, the fans were brilliant.

Hopefully we can sell it out now, you know? It's Europa League football and we're winning games, we're getting points, we're second in the table. And, erm... There was still empty seats about the place. So hopefully we get more and more turn out.

But the fans that were here tonight - it's a massive thanks from all the players and staff, the club, because it was phenomenal.

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Last night's official attendance was 5,543 which, in a stadium with an official capacity of 6,000, might strike as a more-than-decent turnout. But of the 8% or so of the seats which remained empty, the 29-year-old makes an interesting point; on the one hand, it's fair to suggest that not all Dundalk fans can make the commute to Tallaght on a Thursday night. On the other, Gartland mentions how he wishes for the club to further Irish football throughout an insightful interview, and therefore perhaps expect fans of other clubs to roar on the League of Ireland's sole remaining representative in Europe - a notion that will divide certain portions of supporters.

In either case, Brian Gartland and Dundalk want more bums in seats when Zenit and AZ Alkmaar visit these shores, and there's a fair chance they'll get them.

Brian Gartland also provided some excellent tactical insight as the interview progressed - the sort that you wouldn't usually associate with post-match chatter from a player. It's well worth a watch.

SEE ALSO: Is Dundalk's European Win Good For The League Of Ireland?

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Gavan Casey
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