St Patrick's Athletic travel up the M1 to face Drogheda United knowing that a win would go a long way to strengthening their chances of securing Europa League football in 2015 (kick-off 7.45pm).
The Saints, unbeaten in their last 10 fixtures in all competitions, face a Drogheda United who will be hoping to bounce back from last week's narrow defeat to SSE Airtricity league contenders Cork City.
Following last week's 6-1 win over Finn Harps in the FAI Cup semi-finals, Saints' manager Liam Buckley is keen for the Saints good form to continue and has stressed that Friday's game is crucial in the Saints' season.
“We want to finish as high as possible in the league, so if that is third position, we want to secure that as soon as possible. Drogheda however will be tough opponents on Friday and Damien Richardson will have them well organised and ready for the game. We took our chances well last Friday so we'll be looking for that similar level of performance and standard this week against Drogheda,” Buckley told stpatsfc.com.
In team news, the Saints are without the services of Mark Quigley who is out with a back injury, while James Chambers serves a one match suspension. Buckley however can call upon the services of Greg Bolger who returns from serving an FAI Cup suspension last Sunday.
“Last week's win against Harps was great,” said Saints' midfielder Conan Byrne when talking to stpatsfc.com. “We started off a bit slow, gave away a poor goal after going one up, but then stepped it up again to get things back under control.”
“We need to make sure we put in full 90 minute performances between now and the end of the season, so Friday will be a good test for us as Drogheda are a good side with some talented players.”
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