By Robert O’Reilly
Drogheda United will be looking to return to winning ways when they travel to Tolka Park to face Shelbourne, kick-off 7.45pm on Friday.
Shels leapfrogged Drogheda in the table after the Boynesiders suffered a 1-0 defeat at home to Finn Harps last week.
A series of missed chances came back to haunt the Drogs as substitute John O’Flynn struck a 90th minute winner much to the frustration of manager Tim Clancy.
“It’s not a game we should’ve lost,” the Trim native explained Thursday morning. “We created enough chances to win two games but when you don’t put them away, you often end up paying a price.
“It’s a big blow for us. We’d been undefeated at home so to lose that record was also disappointing.
“We’re into the last series of games now so it’s not a result we can dwell on. We have to show a reaction on Friday.”
There’s been little to separate Drogheda and Shelbourne this season with the sides playing out two 1-1 draws in the league while Shels advanced in the EA Sports Cup against a much changed Drogheda side.
With just a point between the sides in the league table, Clancy is calling on his players to regain the advantage and send out a statement tomorrow night.
“It’s a huge game but so was Harps last week and so will Athlone be next week.
“We’re Into the business end of the season and it’s absolutely all about results over performances, I don’t think any of the sides will be playing open, expansive football.
“We know the challenge that Shels will give us. They’re a physical team who like to get the ball forward early and their recent form has been fantastic.
“The position of the sides in the league table probably does add another little edge to it but these are the games that you want to be a part of as a footballer.”
Conor Kane remains an injury doubt for Drogheda who have no suspensions.