TALLAGHT TRIP FOR KENNA'S SAINTS
- Thu, Apr 23, 2009 @ 14:32
St Patrick's Athletic travel to Tallaght Stadium for the first time this Saturday to take on Shamrock Rovers in Series 9 of the League of Ireland Premier Division.
Saints' boss Jeff Kenna has no new injury worries following last weekend's hard fought victory over Drogheda United. That means that Gareth O'Connor and Daragh Ryan both come into contention having trained all week.
Both were on the bench last week but were not 100% fit as the Saints' squad was pushed to its limit.
The injury list still contains long term absentees Mark Leech, Gary Dempsey (both broken legs) and Bobby Ryan who continues rehabilitation following a knee operation at the beginning of the year.
Also out is Glen Fitzpatrick and Kenna told stpatsfc.com that he will remain out for the foreseeable future, having collapsed on the pitch in advance of the game against Bohemians two weeks ago.
“Glen is thankfully out of hospital but has to return to see the neurologist in five weeks time. Until that point he won't be involved but we'll work on his fitness levels while he's out without doing anything intensive.”
Kenna knows that Saturday's game is important with both sides on the same number of points in mid table in the Premier Division.
“Saturday's game is a huge game. It's another Dublin Derby against a team on their own turf and we know how difficult those games can be.
“They had a great result in Galway last week and we're well aware that it's going to be a difficult game for us.”
The Pats' manager also hopes that this week will see his defence return to the form they showed earlier in the campaign when they kept three clean sheets in a row.
“I was disappointed not to keep a clean sheet last week (against Drogheda) but we'll be looking to get back to that this week.
“As I've said before clean sheets are the core issue for any successful side and you give yourself a great chance of winning games by doing so.
"We're not doing that at the moment but that's where we are looking at being.”
At the back Kenna has David Partridge back from an automatic one match suspension after his red card at Dalymount two weeks ago.
Right back Stephen Maher also looks set to start for his third consecutive game after a knee injury as he gets himself back to full match fitness.