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Stephen Kenny challenging Dundalk to raise their game

Europa League

By Staff Reporter

Just another game? Stephen Kenny doesn't want his players to embrace the cliché.

He views the first 'home' match of their Europa League group stage adventure as the latest chance to advertise their quality.

They are occasions to be relished, and the Dundalk manager is reluctant to play down the significance of the next big evening in their temporary Tallaght base.

Maccabi Tel Aviv are the next box to tick on a run that has carried the club to another level.

"I've said to the players that they should never take the European games for granted," he said. "Because we're living in a very exciting year for us. We want to grasp every opportunity. A big European game should be viewed as that; not just another game. We should be able to raise our game."

Kenny reckons Dundalk present a counterpoint to perceptions about Irish limitations.

"Many commentators have said it's in our DNA to play high up the pitch and a more direct style because that suits our psyche," he said. "I strongly disagree with that. It's about having the ability to pass and believe in yourself."

Europa League: Tallaght Stadium, Tonight, 8.05 pm

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