Jamie Hollywood: 'We haven't really spoken about winning the league'

Thu, Sep 12 2019

Going from a title challenge at Longford to joining a refreshed push for honours at United Park, Jamie Hollywood has had a few hectic weeks to say the least.

Should Drogheda United secure victory against Shelbourne tomorrow evening, they will go top of the First Division with just one game to play.

However, with so much on the line for both sides, Hollywood insists that the Boynesiders are not feeling the heat ahead of Friday’s showdown.

“It’s always easier to be second and go chase the team who are top of the league,” the Irish Colleges and universities international admits.

“The pressure is never really on you and we certainly didn’t feel any pressure on us. We just took it one game at a time and looked to keep winning one game after another.

 “We’ve nothing to lose. Mentally, there’s no pressure on us at all and we’re going to take it as we have done in recent weeks and go again and hopefully nothing changes and we can keep the results ticking over.

“We haven’t really spoken about winning the league. It’s not been isolated or been pressured on us to win it.

“Our main concern is just keeping things the same – staying sharp in training and the usual that has kept us up there in the last few weeks.”

The 22-year-old also opened up on his experiences at the World University Games to the Extratime.ie Sportscast; “Longford were doing well, and it was hard enough to get in especially after coming back from the injury.

“I felt that this would be the ideal opportunity to get minutes in and games in a short period of time.

“I couldn’t tell you how much I enjoyed Taiwan, it was one of the best footballing experiences I had ever been on and to get an opportunity to do that again was something I couldn’t turn down.

“Maybe, it could’ve been a completely different story if I thought I as going to play every week at home or have an impact on the team for Longford.

“I feel that it has refreshed me in a sense, and it has been a great choice for me to do what I did.”