Dundalk midfielder Richie Towell was instrumental in Friday evening's 2-0 win at home to title rivals Sligo Rovers, and feels that his side are genuine title contenders following a great team display from the Lilywhites.
Speaking to LMFM after the game, the former Celtic player spoke of his delight at the display. "It's an unbelievable win for the team," Towell said. "Obviously I'm delighted with getting man of the match for myself, but the team performance was unbelievable. Even Chris Shields, who was unfortunate to be dropped, comes off the bench and gets a goal."
Towell was involved in the build-up to Pat Hoban's opener, as he knocked the ball on to the forward after a good cross from Dane Massey, allowing Hoban to net his 11th league goal of the season. "Dane was doing some Samba skills out in the corner and whipped it in," Towell explained. "Luckily enough I was able to head it on for Pat. I haven't been known for my heading ability, but it was an unbelievable goal from Pat. He's been doing it all the time in training, and got his just rewards today."
The victory leaves Dundalk just one point behind Airtricity Premier Division leaders St Patrick's Athletic, but gives the Lilywhites a bit of breathing room above Sligo, who are seven points off the lead following their loss at Oriel Park. Towell believes the rest was never in doubt as Stephen Kenny's side defended well and allowed Sligo few sights at goal. "They hit the bar, but other than that I don't think we had a save to make," Towell said. "The gaffer got it right again, and his substitutions are on the money each week.
"These are the champions, they're coming up here to beat us, to win the league again. But Stephen has assembled a great squad here, and there's a great togetherness. We've beaten the champions twice this season, we can take them on and beat them, and it was quite a comfortable victory."
Towell's performances in a white jersey have been making headlines this season, but the midfielder refuses to be drawn on stories linking him with a move cross-channel, preferring to focus on his current club's title ambitions. "There's been a lot of speculation if I'm going back over to England, but I'm just concentrating on my football with Dundalk now," Towell admitted. "I have one focus, and that's to win the league with Dundalk. We have a really tough run of games now, and we have to treat them all like cup finals. I really think we can do it."