St Patrick's Athletic are back in SSE Airtricity League action this bank holiday Monday as Liam Buckley's Saints travel up the M1 to face Drogheda United, kick-off in United Park is at 6pm.
The Saints will be looking to maintain their unbeaten away record in the league of one win and two draws to date, while victory on Monday would see the Inchicore side record four successive league wins in a row.
By contrast, the Boynesiders will be looking to return to winning ways under boss Robbie Horgan following their 3-1 defeat last Friday away to the current league leaders Cork City.
In team news, Kenny Browne sits out the game as he serves a one match ban for accumulating four yellow cards. Otherwise Saints' boss Liam Buckley reports that he hopes to have a full squad to choose from, with Killian Brennan and Greg Bolger coming back into contention having served suspensions.
“I was really pleased with Friday night and the win over Bohemians,” Buckley told stpatsfc.com. “After going a goal down, we responded really well and in the second half, we played some good football. However that is in the past now and our attention is 100% on Drogheda.”
“Robbie Horgan has come in as their new manager this year and has brought a good squad of players together. They've had a good start to the season and will be tough opponents on Monday. We're looking forward to the challenge though, and hopefully we can get the three points.”
It was at the end of the 2008 season that Saints' midfielder Keith Fahey left the club to join then English Championship side Birmingham City and go on to achieve great success both at club and international level. Speaking to stpatsfc.com in the lead up to his first visit back to United Park with the Saints, Fahey spoke of his fond recollections of last his game there in November 2008.
“I remember that game well. I scored and we won 2-0, and Ryan Guy got the other goal. I remember that I wasn't 100% nailed on to leave the club, but for some reason I felt it was going to be my last game, and everyone kind of knew it,” Fahey admitted. “The fans were very good to me that night, and hopefully this Monday will be another good night and we can pick up another win.”
As a former Drogheda United player and having played a crucial part in the Boynesider's 2006 Setanta Sports Cup success, Fahey knows the club all too well. Having been a teammate to several of their current players in the past, the Tallaght born midfielder expects his former club to test the Saints.
“I'd know and have played with some of the lads up there, the likes of Alan McNally and Fabio O'Brien for example. I know they had a disappointing result last week, but on the whole Drogheda have had a good start to the season. But from our point of view, we're on a good run of form now with three league wins in a row so we're looking forward to the game.”
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