Jeff Kenna was one of the first to congratulate Mark Quigley when he scored his opening goal against Dundalk on Friday night.
“I was delighted to see Mark score the winning goal at Oriel Park”, Kenna told stpatsfc.com.
“Since I gave him the captain's armband a couple of weeks ago he's been a different player and I'm delighted with his contribution to the cause”.
Their first win in five league outings was a vital result for the St Pat's manager and his team.
Commenting on the result Kenna said:
“The victory was by no means pretty but total-football is quite low on my list of priorities at the moment - we need to pick up wins.
"We were very unlucky not to beat Sligo and followed that up with last week's win.
"Four points out of six is nothing to shout about from the rooftops, but it certainly represents a change in fortunes for the better”.
Having lost key players Gary Dempsey and Mark Leech to serious injury against Dundalk in the first league meeting in March Kenna could only look on in disbelief as both Alan Cawley and Stuart Byrne limped off the field in the early stages of Friday night's game.
“I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried after losing my central midfield partnership but Garreth O'Connor and John Lester came on and did exactly what I asked of them”.
The result is a welcomed boost to Pat's as they face Bray at home on Friday night hoping for a reversal of their recent 2-1 defeat to the Seasiders.
“Thankfully we go into this match on a high following last weekend's win in Dundalk.
"I'm confident that things will continue to improve, especially when key players return to full fitness and my hand is strengthened regarding team selection” added Kenna.
Tickets for St Pat's V Bray kick off 7.45pm Friday at Richmond Park are on sale at the club offices and from the club shop on Emmet Road.
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