The Saints return to league action in Richmond Park for the first time this month as they host Cork City on Friday, kick-off is at the later time of 8pm (Live on Setanta Ireland).
The Saints will be hoping to extend their recent seven game unbeaten run at home in the league, while the Rebels will be looking to replicate their recent good home which has seen them claim results against both Sligo Rovers and Dundalk.
For Saints' striker Anto Flood, the first goalscorer in the Saints' 2-0 away win in Turners Cross back in May, Cork will represent a tough challenge and he admitted to stpatsfc.com that the players are aware of the strengths of Tommy Dunne's side.
“Cork a strong side so we know we'll have to play to the best of our ability on the night. The last day in Cork we started well so again we'll have to be at it from the start in what is a massive game. Everyone needs to perform, focus and be in a position of putting everything into each performance and leaving nothing left in the tank.”
“We're heading into the final stretch of games now, but to be honest, it's no different from earlier in the season. We'll take things on a game by game basis, so we've Cork on Friday and we're focused on playing them.”
In team news, Liam Buckley reports that he has a full squad to choose from, while he is boosted by the return of Flood, Greg Bolger and Ian Bermingham who sat out the midweek EA Sports Cup defeat to Shamrock Rovers.
“Any time Cork City come to Inchicore it's always great as games between the two clubs are always big occasions. There's a typical Dublin-Cork rivalry there and it goes back to those huge games between our clubs back in the late 90's. Richmond Park was packed out for those nights and hopefully we'll see a good crowd at the game on Friday," he told stpatsfc.com.
“I thought we played well on Tuesday against Rovers and were a bit unlucky not to get to penalties in the end. But we're focused on Cork now and we're looking forward to the game which should make for a good game to watch.”
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