Drogheda United manager Mick Cooke hails 'massive' win over Dundalk as the Airtricity League enters final stages

The Drogs boss is hoping that his side can maintain their title charge but admits that he would be content to secure European football for next season
Drogheda United manager Mick Cooke is hoping to build upon his side's Louth derby victory over Dundalk as the league enters its final stages.

The Drogs remain in second place in the league, trailing league leaders Sligo Rovers by six points, and Cooke is keen for his team to continue their run.

“Relief is the word," Cooke told droghedaunited.ie after his side's 3-2 victory over rivals Dundalk. "To go two goals down with only 25 minutes played was a disaster and we were feeling worried on the bench. They were two horrific goals to give away."

He continued: "We did very well to recover from the setbacks and once Peter Hynes scored his first goal we were the dominant side for the remainder of the game.”

The former Monaghan United boss described the win as 'massive' for his side, who hope to maintain a title charge. However, Cooke revealed that he would be content for his team to cement a European spot in the league.

"This is a massive win going into the final seven league games and more importantly it is a performance to build on," he told the club's official website.

He added: “Due to our position in the league each game that comes our way is going to be that bit harder ... We are still within touching distance of Sligo and if they have any slip ups we must be ready to pounce.

"If that fails to materialise we want to consolidate our spot in the top three or four in the league and hopefully guarantee European football next season," concluded the Drogs boss.

Mick Cooke's Drogheda United travel to the Carlisle Grounds to take on Bray Wanderers on Friday September 7. Kick off 19.45 BST.