St Patrick's Athletic host their Dublin rivals Bohemian FC on Tuesday night in Richmond Park as the Saints hope to leapfrog the Gypsies in the SSE Airtricity League table (kick-off 7.45pm).
The Saints will be looking to continue to build on their recent wins over Shamrock Rovers (Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup) and last Friday's 3-0 away to Derry City in the Brandywell, while 'Bohs' will similarly be in confident mood having beaten league champions Dundalk in Oriel Park last Friday.
Speaking to stpatsfc.com ahead of Tuesday night's game, Pat's defender Jason McGuinness spoke of the squad's happiness after the recent victories.
"Friday was a really good win, and we were really delighted with the performance and to get the win for the supporters who made the long trip up there. We really feel we're improving every week now and we've got a bit of momentum going now. However we know Bohs will be a hard game as they got a great result against Dundalk so we'll need to play well."
McGuinness has recently come into contention again following a hamstring injury he picked up in the club's season opener to Shamrock Rovers, a fixture he ended up making a return for in the Saints' 2-1 FAI Cup win. Reflecting on his return, McGuinness admitted it was good to be back involved.
"I'm really enjoying things at the moment. It was really frustrating to get that injury at the start of the season as I was really looking forward to trying to impress everyone. But things are going well now and it's great to be back playing football," admitted McGuinness, who also praised the Saints' young guns Lee Desmond and Sean Hoare for their recent performances.
"Lee and Sean have been doing really well for us, and it was great to see them involved in the U21 international set-up. But if you look at it, you can see that Liam is really building for the future for St Pat's and with players like the two lads, Sam Verdon, Jamie McGrath and others, the future is bright for the club."
In team news, Liam Buckley welcomes Kenny Browne back into contention after serving a one match suspension, however the Saints' manager who is expecting nothing easy against Keith Long's side, will be without the services of Conan Byrne with a hamstring injury.
"Bohs will be tough opponents on Tuesday night as they'll be well organised by Keith and gave us a really difficult game the last day," Buckley told stpatsfc.com when referring to the Saints' 1-0 away league victory in Dalymount Park last April - the Saints record against the Gypsies now being run of 14 league games without defeat, the last loss coming in October 2010.
"I was happy with the win last Friday against Derry so if we can go and replicate that level of performance, hopefully we can get the points on Friday. Dublin derbies always carry that little bit extra in terms of atmosphere, but the team know to take it a game at a time, so if we go about things right, we'll hopefully move up the table on Tuesday," Buckley added.
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