The Saints travel to The Brandywell to face an in-form Derry City tomorrow (Friday) in search of all 3 points that would close the gap between themselves and the leading pack.
In order to do so, the Saints will have to inflict the first defeat on their hosts since the opening day of the season.
Once again Pete Mahon will be without captain Conor Kenna, who misses out for the 4th consecutive game.
Dave Mulcahy (hamstring) and Anthony Murphy (ankle) also miss out, having picked up injuries during last week's game against UCD. Both players are jogging lightly but won't be available for this week's league fixture.
“We have some injuries this week, but we have players ready to come who are eager for the opportunity.”
“We won't be making too many changes, but I'm still looking for the right combination in front of goal.”
“We have thrown away 7 points so far this season (UCD, Bohs, Bray), it is something we discussed after the game on Friday and again on Monday, but it is something we are not going to dwell on.”
“Last season we had a great start and a poor finish; we have not started well this season, but I am confident that with the squad of players that we have our results will change and we will push on.”
“We are relishing the trip to The Brandywell. There is always a great atmosphere and we will bring a large support who will get behind us. Derry have good young players and play a good brand of football, it is going to be a difficult challenge tomorrow, but one which we are prepared for.”
This is the first league meeting between the two sides since October 2009.
During the 2009 League campaign, Derry won all 4 encounters between the sides, with the Saints failing to score on any occasion.
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