The Saints travel west on Saturday as Liam Buckley's men face Ian Baraclough's Sligo Rovers side in the Showgrounds, kick-off is 7.30pm.
Sligo have the bragging rights in games between the sides this season having won both Setanta Sports Cup games against the Saints, however a wonderstrike from midfielder Keith Fahey proved to be the difference in a 1-0 win for Pat's in the 1-0 President's Cup win back in March.
Ahead of Saturday's SSE Airtricity League clash, Saints' manager Buckley spoke of the challenge he expects Sligo to pose his side as the Bit O'Red aim to climb up the table from their current fifth placed position in the league.
“We're on a good run of results so we're pleased with the way things are going of late. Saturday evening will be a tough challenge though as travelling to Sligo is always a test for any side. We've been working hard in training since our win against Athlone on Monday night so we'll be looking for a performance from the players to try and get a result,” Buckley told stpatsfc.com.
In team news, Buckley confirmed that both Ken Oman and Mark Quigley are ruled out of the game due their respective injuries, while Rene Gilmartin is back in training having been out since picking up a hamstring injury in the Saints' 2-0 Setanta Sports Cup defeat in Sligo on March 25th.
Derek Foran meanwhile is doubtful for the game due to a knee injury sustained in the Saints' 3-2 win against Athlone Town after extra time.
For Saints' star James Chambers, the game against a resurgent Sligo Rovers is one he is looking forward to as the SSE Airtricity League champions aim to continue their five match league winning run.
“Sligo are currently experiencing a good run of form themselves after a few draws and defeats in their opening games this season,” the 27 year old midfielder admitted to stpatsfc.com. “However we're on a good run of victories ourselves at the minute so we have that winning habit back. We'll travel to Sligo on Saturday and try and put in a good performance and hopefully pick up another win.”
Chambers pointed to the midweek win over Athlone Town as reference point in the development of a great mood and spirit in Liam Buckley's squad at the moment – Pat's fighting back from a two goal half-time deficit to win 3-2 and advance to the Leinster Senior Cup semi-finals.
“We're taking each game on merit at the moment, and that is really working for us. If you look at the Athlone game last Monday, we gave away two poor goals in the first half. But we came out in the second half and really stepped it up and Kavo [Daryl Kavanagh] scored a great winner for us even when we had 10 men. All the lads really played well from the second half onwards so we're all just looking forward to Saturday now.”
“We know if we can win our home games, and then pick up points away from home as well, we'll be up there competing. As a result, we'll be looking to continue to pick points on the road, and that includes the Sligo game this weekend.”
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