The Saints make the short trip across Dublin to face UCD this Friday as Liam Buckley's side will be hoping to claim the three points on offer in the Belfield Bowl (kick-off 7.45pm).
Having claimed 1-0 victories away from home against both Limerick and Bray Wanderers recently, the Saints will be looking for their third successive away win before heading into four home matches in a row.
However if the Saints are to claim the points, they will have to turn around their recent form in the Bowl which has seen them claim only one win in their last four league visits against Martin Russell's side – the last league success in the Bowl for Pats coming in a 3-1 win in May 2011.
“Belfield is always a tough place to go to as UCD always perform well there,” stated Liam Buckley when speaking to stpatsfc.com about Friday's clash with the Students.
“UCD were very unfortunate last week against Cork City so we know they're better than the league table suggests. However we'd a good win last week in Bray, played some good football and deserved the points. Now we're all looking to build on that with another three points on Friday night.”
In team news, despite returning to training from a groin injury picked up in the 1-0 in Limerick two weeks ago, Shane McFaul misses out on the clash with his former side. Pats have no other injuries or suspensions.
UCD has seen many current Pats players come through the ranks of the Students' set-up; McFaul, Conan Byrne, Ian Bermingham, Conor Kenna and Greg Bolger to name just a few.
However for Saints' midfielder Bolger, any sentiment for the side he left in 2010 will be forgotten once he takes to the pitch.
“Yeah Friday won't be an easy game as UCD are a great club. The games for ourselves will come thick and fast after Friday so it's important we get the points from the UCD game,” 24 year old Bolger told stpatsfc.com.
“We played really well last week and I thought we were excellent in the first half, but we just didn't take our chances. We ended up hanging on in the end but we were delighted to get the win.”
“We created a lot of chances but just didn't take them. It's important that we start taking those chances so we can climb the table and put pressure on the teams ahead. Hopefully we can start doing that from Friday.”
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