Team News: PAT's V Drogheda

  • Sun, Jun 01, 2014 @ 15:26

The Saints return to SSE Airtricity League action on Monday night as Drogheda United are the opponents in Richmond Park (kick-off 7.45pm).
Liam Buckley's side will be hoping to replicate the form which saw them secure three points last Friday in a 5-2 win over Derry City.

For their part, the Boynesiders will be looking to end a run of form which has seen them lose eight of their last nine league games – Robbie Horgan's side losing 4-1 to Limerick FC in United Park last Friday night.

Despite this however, Drogheda did claim a point after a 0-0 draw in their last visit to Inchicore and they will look for a repeat result.

Speaking to stpatsfc.com ahead of Monday's game, Saints' manager Liam Buckley spoke of his happiness that his side returned to goalscoring form against Derry, and that he hoped that this type of display will be reproduced against Drogheda.

“Friday was a good win and I was pleased with the player's performances. However we still have stuff to take from that game and work on so we'll be aiming to do that.”

“Drogheda are a solid side and we know they'll come to Inchicore looking for a result. From that end of things, both sets of supporters can expect both sides to go out and try and get the result – I know our lads will be deetermind to get the three points.”

In team news, the Saints' manager confirmed that Derek Foran remains out with a knee injury. Ken Oman is available once more having been unavailable last Friday due to the birth of his child, while Greg Bolger faces a late fitness test on a knee injury.

For Saints' full-back Ian Bermingham, Monday's game represents a chance for the SSE Airtricity League champions to create a bit of momentum and get a second home win in four days.

“Yeah we're looking forward to the game as after last Friday's win, we know we need to back that up and get another win to put us back in the mix with the teams at the top,” he told stpatsfc.com.

“It's important we get a result as with the FAI Cup starting next week, and then our game against Dundalk the week after, we know we need the points.”

“However Drogheda will be a tough side so we'll need to put in a good performance to get anything from the game. We're playing well and last Friday we finished our chances well. Before that in the other games, we were playing well but not clinical in front of goal.”

“We still know we need to improve defensively as a group, so we'll be looking to do that immediately starting on Monday night.”


Next Fixture

Galway United / June 30th @ 7:45pm
Competition: League
Venue: Richmond Park

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