SAINTS LOOK TO CONTINUE RUN
- Thu, Apr 02, 2009 @ 13:16
St Patrick's Athletic will be looking to extend their winning run to four games tomorrow night as they take on Bray Wanderers in the Carlisle Grounds (kick off 7.45 p.m.)
The Saints' 2-0 victory over Dundalk last weekend was not only their third win in succession but their third clean sheet also.
Manager Jeff Kenna spoke to stpatsfc.com about the importance of not conceding and how confidence is high in the squad.
“The clean sheets have been great because it's a fundamental part of buildings a winning side. If you don't concede it's more than half the battle and we'll be looking to keep that up.
“It's another difficult game (in Bray) but confidence is high and we're playing well. We've won two difficult games away from home and we'll be going there full of confidence.”
Kenna will have to plan without Gary Dempsey and top scorer Mark Leech for next few months. Both suffered lower leg breaks in the Dundalk game and will miss the next three months at a minimum.
While acknowledging that both injuries are a blow, Kenna is hopeful that others in the squad will take the opportunity it presents.
“It's a bitter blow losing the two lads. The team have been picking up good results and both of them have been influential and will be missed.
"This is the reason we have a squad though and it's up to the other players who have been sitting on the bench to come in and stake their claim for a place in the team."
John Lester returns from suspension while Brendan Clarke is back in training following recent foot injury and is in contention.
Gareth O'Connor (thigh) and Stephen Maher (knee ligaments) are back jogging but both are at least two weeks from full fitness.