The Saints return to SSE Airtricity League action this Friday as the Inchicore side host Alan Mathews' Bray Wanderers side in Richmond Park (Kick-off 7.45pm).
After a two week break from league action, Liam Buckley's side return to domestic action against the Seagulls as they aim to close the gap to the league's top two sides, Dundalk and Cork City.
Pat's will be hoping for a repeat result of their clash with Bray earlier in the season when the league champions left the Carlisle Grounds with a 3-1 win thanks to goals from Christy Fagan, Lee Lynch and Chris Forrester.
In team news, Saints' manager Buckley confirmed to stpatsfc.com that central defenders Kenny Browne and Ken Oman would be unavailable due to their respective suspensions – Oman picking a two match ban for a red card in the Saints' last league outing agsinst Dundalk, while Browne serves a one match ban for accumulating yellow cards.
Elsewhere, Sean Hoare will face a fitness test on an ankle injury before Friday's game to determine his availability.
“We've had a good break since the Dundalk game two weeks ago,” Buckley revealed. “To have the fixture against Aberdeen last week was really beneficial as it proved to be a really good test for us and it gave some lads some game time after having the few days off.”
“We're back into the swing of things now on Friday with the Bray game so the lads have been knuckling down hard this week as we prepare for it. Bray will be tough opponents, so we know that the performance levels will need to be high from the first minute to the last if we're to get the points.”
For Saints' midfielder James Chambers, the return to league action is a welcome one as he comes up against former manager Alan Mathews, his manager from his spell at Drogheda United back in 2009.
“Bray won't make it easy for us on Friday. I'd know what to expect from an Alan Mathews' side and they will be well organised and look to win the game themselves.”
“It was nice to recharge the batteries there for a few days, and then have the Aberdeen game. We'll be looking to get back to winning ways after drawing that friendly and the Dundalk game before that. We did well up in Dundalk even though we only came away with a point, so while we'll be looking for a similar performance, we'll just be concentrating on getting back to winning ways.”
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