Working in Tallaght Hospital and living in Dublin 24, Saints defender Conor Kenna is enjoying the build-up to Friday's Dublin derby with Shamrock Rovers:
“I work with a few Rovers' fans so I've been getting a bit of stick off them, they definitely haven't been slow in telling me they're top of the table”.
Friday's game for Conor and the team will be a chance to make up ground on Rovers following the Saints 1-1 draw last week in Terryland Park,
“The Galway game was disappointing – we had enough chances to win two games down there, it was just one of those days when we simply couldn't put our chances away”.
St Pat's now trail Shamrock Rovers by seven points and Kenna reckons though possible, the Saints have it all to do.
“Rovers are flying at the moment and it's really theirs to lose, however there are still lots of games left they still have to come to ourselves and also to Bohs.
“To be honest with a 10 team league it's all very tight and whether it's avoiding relegation, going for the title or qualifying for Europe most teams still have it all to play for”.
All three encounters between Pat's and Rovers have been close this season with the Hoops winning the last meeting in July 2-1.
“I thought the luck was with Rovers on our last trip to Tallaght, their goal was given and ours wasn't but that's all part of football, hopefully we'll get any luck that's going on Friday night”.
The Saints have one of the tightest defences in the league and even though they will be facing free-scoring Gary Twigg, Kenna is confident of another solid performance at the back -
“Myself and Shane (Guthrie) have played well together from day one, we settled in well and I think we suit each other well. The back five have got plenty of praise this season but the whole team deserves credit for the way they play in working to close down players”.
While the game is too close to call Conor is hoping that come Monday morning he'll be looking forward to going into work,
“We've been a bit unlucky with injuries and suspensions lately but we've had the same back four now for the last three games and I think that will stand to us on Friday”.
Tickets for St Patrick's Athletic supporters are available from the club shop on Emmet Road. Already 2,000 tickets have been sold for the game and all Saints fans are advised to purchase their tickets early and to note the earlier kick off time of 7.35pm.