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Dundalk Boss Spares No Bullets In Criticism Of Sligo Pitch

Dundalk Boss Spares No Bullets In Criticism Of Sligo Pitch
By PJ Browne Updated

Stephen O'Donnell was highly critical of the Showgrounds pitch following Dundalk's goalless draw with Sligo Rovers on Saturday evening.

"Once we turned up, we knew what kind of game it was [going to be]," the Dundalk head coach told the club's in-house media team.

"It's impossible to pass the ball on that pitch.

"It turned into a game of second balls, just trying to be solid, and hopefully you have a moment but as regards to a game of football it was a waste of time.

"Look, the surface was rubbish. Hopefully, there were no neutrals here, we're trying to attract them to the League of Ireland because they won’t be coming back."

Stephen O'Donnell criticises Sligo pitch

The result puts Dundalk third in the Premier Division table on six points with four games played. Sligo are sixth on five points, though they have played a game fewer than Dundalk.

"We dug in and it was physical, and we kept it tight," O'Donnell added.

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"The positives there, we have two clean sheets in a row. But as regards breaking it down as a game of football, it's just one you put away because we can’t say anything constructive about it.

"It was impossible to pass the ball so we may as well forget about it. But the positive is that we gained a point from it, and that was pretty much it.

5 March 2022; Sligo Rovers manager Liam Buckley, left, in conversation with groundsman Joe Cleary before the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Sligo Rovers and Dundalk at The Showgrounds in Sligo. Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile

"It was a case of whether you could nick a goal. It was the same for both teams. As regards talking about a structure, a platform or systems, forget about it.

"You could see lads digging in, slipping. Boys are a little bit unwilling to pass the ball because it would probably be a hindrance trying to pass it.

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"Another positive, we came through it unscathed as regards with injuries. Third game in eight days, the third one always seems to be the trickiest one. It's good as well to keep a bit of momentum being unbeaten."

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