Stephen Kenny is adamant that Dundalk were worthy victors against Shamrock Rovers after getting their Premier Division title defence off to a winning start.
Robbie Benson gave Dundalk the lead in the first half and Ciarán Kilduff doubled their advantage in the second half and, while Rovers narrowed the deficit through Graham Burke, the Lilywhites held on to take all three points at Oriel Park.
The champions came into the game on the back of a hefty 3-0 defeat in the President’s Cup against Cork City and had to contend with a number of injury concerns, but Kenny was pleased with the character shown by his players.
“It’s been a tough couple of weeks for us; we’ve lost a lot of players through injury and we’ve had a couple of set-backs, so everyone rallied around each other,” the Dundalk boss told eirSport.
“It wasn’t our best performance, by any stretch of the imagination, there’s still a lot of room for improvement.
“But I think the players showed their character, none more so than Ciarán Kilduff, who was ruled out earlier in the week, but insisted on playing and ended up getting the winner.
“We weren’t quite right tonight, it wasn’t our best performance, but overall I felt we deserved the win.”
Dundalk return to action on Saturday, March 4 when they take on Sligo Rovers at The Showgrounds.