Danny North has had a busy week. After scoring a cracking goal against UCD at Belfield last Monday he was then voted man of the match for his display in helping the Saints knock holders Sporting Fingal out of the FAI Cup on Saturday.
The 23 year old striker, who joined St Pat's from League 2 side Grimbsy Town in June, took time out to speak to STPATSFC.COM on a number of topics:
On being Saturday's man of the match:
Playing up front on my own was tough but the five in midfield were helping me out - coming up quickly in support and making runs inside made things a lot easier.
I laid the ball off for Vinny (Faherty) to score the third goal and the first thing he said to me was "that's your goal". It was nice to hear but it's not about who scores or who wins man of the match – it's about getting through to the semi-final, getting the result and that's mission accomplished.
On his recent Goal against UCD:
I've not seen it yet. I hit it from about 30 yards and it's probably one of the best goals I've scored.
I've scored three goals now and probably should have scored a few more but at the moment I'm happy just to be starting matches.
On his Recent Form:
It's a bit of a shame the league is coming to an end as I really feel I'm starting to show more of what I can do.
It took me a little bit at the start to get up to match fitness but it was more of a case of fitting in with the team's style of play and learning what the team needed from me.
Most successful teams have a settled team and we had quite a run of injuries and suspensions which made things a bit difficult in recent weeks.
On moving from League 2 to the Airtricity League:
I wouldn't say there's a huge difference in quality, football in league 2 is probably more physical though, you still get centre halves here who are happy to take a lumps out of you!
In League 2 you'd probably get the ball moved up the pitch a lot faster, here you have more teams that like UCD who try and play football, probably give you a bit more space and I like playing against teams like that.
On Playing Football in England:
A lot of young footballers here feel they need to make the move across to play in England and I wouldn't always agree with that.
Perhaps the leagues in England are publicised more and there's a clearer progression to the highest level. But you need to build experience and you need to take the choices that suit you.
Moving to Ireland and playing in the Airtricty was the right choice for me and one that I am thoroughly enjoying.
On Upcoming Games with Pat's:
We're into the FAI Cup semi-final, which is great, but our focus is pushing on for Europe. We've drawn Rovers which will be a massive test but we're not going to be thinking of that game until it comes around.
We've Dundalk on Friday, they lost last night against Bray so I'm sure they'll be up to bounce back against us. If we play our own game and just keep playing the way we've been playing then we've every chance of taking the three points.
St Patrick's Athletic V Dundalk, kick off 7.45pm Friday 24th September. Tickets are on sale from the Saints Superstore on Emmet Road from Wednesday afternoon.
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