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Kenny proud of his players despite 'missed opportunity' in the Champions League
The Dundalk boss felt they lacked a ‘creative spark’ at times against Legia Warsaw tonight.

Ben Blake reports from the Polish Army Stadium in Warsaw

STEPHEN KENNY COMMENDED his team on a brave display tonight, but admitted that Dundalk had let a genuine chance to make the Champions League group stages slip through their fingers.

The Premier Division champions were excellent throughout the second leg, coming away with a 1-1 draw from the Polish Army Stadium. However, it wasn’t enough after last week’s 2-0 loss at the Aviva Stadium, and Kenny cursed the first leg penalty decision.

“It’s an opportunity missed,” Kenny said after the game. “We’re feeling disappointed. Nobody really gave us a chance and people completely wrote us off coming here at 2-0 down. I thought we played really well in the first half and scored a brilliant goal.

“The margins are very narrow and last week in Dublin I didn’t think we deserved to lose. It was a very controversial penalty decision to swing the game but we showed a lot of quality.

We scored a brilliant goal and pushed on to get a second but Legia showed their ability to defend and shut the game down when they went down to ten men, then hit us on the counter.”

The home side had defender Adam Hlousek sent off on 67 minutes, but Dundalk were unable to take advantage.

“We weren’t quite creative enough, we had given everything and it was intense,” he added. “We lacked that creative spark, but I commend my players as they were outstanding over the two games.”

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