St Patrick's Athletic travel to the Carlisle Grounds tomorrow night to face Bray Wanderers as they look to close the gap on SSE Airtricity League leaders Dundalk.
Liam Buckley's side will be looking for a sixth straight win in all competitions after recent FAI Ford Cup wins over Shelbourne and Bohemians, a Leinster Senior Cup Final win over Longford Town, as well as league wins over Derry City and Dundalk.
In team news, Saints' manager Buckley confirmed to stpatsfc.com that defenders Derek Foran (flu) and Kenny Browne (back) will be assessed before the game to determine their fitness. Otherwise, Buckley has a full side to select from as Aaron Greene comes back into contention having been cup-tied for last week's 3-2 FAI Cup win over Bohemians in Richmond Park.
“It was great to win last week but we move on now and switch back to focusing on the league. We're going out to Bray on Friday night to get the win, but we know that it'll be a tough game as we've never had an easy game out there since I've been in charge,” Buckley admitted.
“The lads though have been playing well lately and working hard in training so if we continue to do the right things, we can hopefully get the points and close in on the teams ahead of us.”
For Saints' skipper Ger O'Brien while last week's win over Bohemians was admittedly one that he was delighted with, he told stpatsfc.com that the team were now fully focused on ensuring a strong finish in the league.
“Last week was a good win. We played really well. Bohs came back into it once they got the numerical advantage and they pressed us really hard. We had to work our socks off at the end, but we battled hard and did well to get the win.”
“That was last week though, so we're now looking to finish strong in the league as that's really important to us. It's good to keep this strong momentum going and a nice run would ensure we finish in the top 3.”
O'Brien however was keen to stress that the Seagulls will be difficult opponents having pushed the Saints all the way in the two previous meetings between the sides this season – the Saints winning 3-1 in the Carlisle Grounds back in April and edging a 3-2 result in Richmond Park in June.
“Bray will be fighting for the points for different reasons. But we know well from the last few seasons, it's never an easy game out in the Carlisle Grounds. We'll go out with the same attitude though in trying to win the game and hopefully we can get the win.”
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