Dylan McGlade keeps a level head as he believes he played one of his worst games of the season as Longford Town take one big step towards the play-offs.

The “Messi of the Midlands” was on fire yet again, scoring at the end of the first half, and getting another two goals in stoppage time of the second giving Longford Town precious three points, but he believes he can play better.

“My movement wasn’t great in the first half, my touch wasn’t as tight as I would of liked it to be. I think I was still causing a bit of problems but all in all, I’ve had better all round games.

“I know it looks like I’ve played really well because I’ve scored a hat-trick, and I think the two last goals were good goals. I think I picked it up a bit in the second half. I expect a lot more of myself, I’m happy to get the three goals. I would have liked to have played better”

Despite it not being the side’s best performance of the season, their fifth win in a row is more welcoming than the inconsistency that has plagued the side for much of the season.

“I think we made really tough work of it. We started quite slow. It was a very scrapy game at the start but I think the boys are riding high on confidence and the goal just before the break really settled us down.

“Its not our best performance of the season, we scored four goals and we looked alright going forward and we looked decent defensively so it’s a good result and it’s a good set up for the next game.”

Longford did look nervous defensively though as the second half wore on, especially after Cabinteely scored. So that might be a worry for the side as they prepare to take on Cork City, the second highest scorers in the country, on Friday night in the FAI Cup Quarter-Final, but not for McGlade.

“Its only really against teams at the lower end of the table that we seem to lose concentration and not be at our best.

“Its more against the top teams and Premier Division sides that we look solid. We look like we’re not going to concede. We play well, we move the ball around well, we create chances.

“We’re on a good run this month, Sligo have just beaten them (Cork) last night, we’ve beaten Sligo, so why can’t we go and cause an upset.

“The boys are playing with freedom under the gaffer. We haven’t conceded that much this month.

“We’ve nothing to lose, they’ve everything to lose, the pressure is on them.

“We’ll see next week and what a stage to play it on, live on RTE.”


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