Perry Groves believes Dundalk confirmed ‘an excessive amount of respect’ to Arsenal of their 3-Zero defeat on Thursday night.
The Irish outfit remarkably grew to become the the primary crew in Europa League historical past to not commit a single foul in a match, the place objectives from Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Nicolas Pepe secured a cushty victory for the Premier League facet.
Following the defeat, Dundalk supervisor Filippo Giovagnoli mentioned he was happy with the trouble of his gamers, insisting they have been ‘well mannered’ and ‘gentlemanly’ for not conceding a foul within the recreation.
“Our crew is so well mannered,” he mentioned. “They’re such gents.
“They work arduous and battle arduous 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 strategy lacked the required aggression to offer a sterner check for his or her opponents.
“You would take a look at it certainly one of two methods,” Groves informed talkSPORT: “You would say it’s improbable self-discipline as a result of they have been nicely organised, that they had their financial institution of 5 with 4 in entrance and it was saying ‘break us down’.
“Or was it a bit an excessive amount of respect. In case you are a midfielder participant, I can think about some managers really saying ‘you’re enjoying in midfield and also you haven’t dedicated a foul?’ You’ve received to get shut and put them underneath extra stress.
“They have been very disciplined for 40 minutes however as quickly as Arsenal scored you knew the sport was over.”