Perry Groves believes Dundalk confirmed ‘an excessive amount of respect’ to Arsenal of their 3-Zero defeat on Thursday night.
The Irish outfit remarkably turned the the primary group in Europa League historical past to not commit a single foul in a match, the place targets from Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Nicolas Pepe secured a snug victory for the Premier League aspect.
Following the defeat, Dundalk supervisor Filippo Giovagnoli stated he was happy with the trouble of his gamers, insisting they had been ‘well mannered’ and ‘gentlemanly’ for not conceding a foul within the recreation.
“Our group is so well mannered,” he stated. “They’re such gents.
“They work laborious and struggle laborious however gained’t use different issues to cease the opponent.
“We didn’t concede one shot till the purpose that got here from a nook kick rebound between our goalie and defender.”
However talkSPORT co-host Groves had one other manner of it and steered Dundalk’s method lacked the required aggression to supply a sterner check for his or her opponents.
“You can have a look at it one in every of two methods,” Groves advised talkSPORT: “You can say it’s incredible self-discipline as a result of they had been properly organised, they’d their financial institution of 5 with 4 in entrance and it was saying ‘break us down’.
“Or was it a bit of an excessive amount of respect. In case you are a midfielder participant, I can think about some managers really saying ‘you might be enjoying in midfield and also you haven’t dedicated a foul?’ You’ve received to get shut and put them below extra stress.
“They had been very disciplined for 40 minutes however as quickly as Arsenal scored you knew the sport was over.”