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Published: 16:06 | 30/9/16

Kenny staying calm after historic win

Says players are focused on next game

Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny applauded his side's Europa League victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv last night but is already focusing on the next game.

Ciaran Kilduff scored the only goal of the game as the Lilywhites became the first League of Ireland side ever to record a victory in a European competition group stage game.

Kenny's side now have four points from two games following their draw at AZ Almaar in the opening round and the manager says his side are not getting carried away and are focused on the next game.

"I think it was just a great effort by the players," he said.

"Tactically the players were very astute on the night. Even though Maccabi had a fair degree of possession I thought we passed the ball brilliantly and we had a lot of chances on the night and thoroughly deserved the win.

"It was a great victory. The players were very, very disciplined, very creative, and the accuracy of their passing, very courageous in possession and I thought they were absolutely excellent.

"Chris Shields in that midfield position was really influential in the game.

"Maccabi have really good players in midfield. I thought everyone really did their jobs exceptionally well tonight and it culminated in a big win for us and a very impressive performance overall.

"We are not surprised here to win. There's not an incredible euphoric feeling in the dressing room now. There's one of fellas taking it in their stride and saying yes, that's a good victory, but we're not surprised by it.

"We had to adapt our own shape to combat Maccabi's shape, for certain. We had to adapt but we have to do that in European games because every game is different.

"You can talk about tactics all you want but ultimately football is about players. We asked them to do specific jobs but they did more than that, they expressed themselves brilliantly tonight and we are so confident and our attacking play was dynamic.

"Every time we got into the final third we created a chance, just we weren't clinical enough in front of goal."

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