St Patrick's Athletic played their 45th competitive game of the season on Tuesday night and Dave Mulcahy has played his part in most of them.
As the club prepares for two upcoming Dublin derbies that may well determine the clubs' season, STPATSFC.COM caught up with the Saints' midfielder for his thoughts on a number of issues:
On Tuesday's morale-boosting 3-0 win against Drogheda:
We got the three points which was the main thing but it was especially important with Sligo getting a late winner on the night.
To be fair, confidence has always been high in the team, we would have hoped to have been further up the table at this stage but we have been playing well and perhaps a few results like the drawn game against Fingal have not gone our way.
On his recent goal against Sporting Fingal:
I was making a run to the box and checked back and the tracking player kept going which gave me a bit of space and thankfully I caught it well.
It's always great to score, I've 5 or 6 now for the season, a few more and I could end up with a nice end of season collection to show the grandkids!
On facing Bohemians in the league and Rovers in the cup:
They're absolutely two massive games for the club. It's a pity we're not closer to the top two and in the hunt for the title ourselves.
When you look at where we were a few weeks ago to where we are now it just shows how quickly things can change in football. It's been a great season but it won't count for much if we don't end up with something at the end of it.
We just have to keep the head down, work away, stay positive and claim that third place and then with the cup, well anything can happen there.
On being asked to play at the back instead of midfield:
I used to be a centre-half when I started out in the league with Kilkenny & Waterford so it's nice to slot back in there again and take a bit of breather!!
You're definitely more involved with play in midfield but I'd never say no to playing in any position.
On the overall direction that the league is taking:
Clubs have to be run right and that's definitely happening more. Looking back to my time with Kilkenny City there were probably not enough people working behind the scenes – getting money in and building up the club.
We ended up losing key players, it became harder to play attractive football and we simply lost the crowds coming to games. T
here's probably a happy medium between being a strong club financially and being able to go out and play good attractive football.
There's definitely been a readjustment towards part-time football and perhaps Bohs might be the next club to take this step. To me it's more positive than negative as it gives clubs a stable base to build from.
On facing Bohs on Saturday:
I have always treated them as the strongest team in the league, they're the most experience side and at the moment they've got real momentum behind them and are putting Rovers under savage pressure.
If we beat them we might be handing the title to Rovers but we'll just be focusing on that 3rd place finish.
The reason you play football is to test yourself against the best players and the best teams. I've been playing against the likes of Paul Keegan for a couple of seasons now and it's one of those midfield battles that you'd really look forward to.
Midfield is always key and if we can get a foothold there then we'll have a chance in any game.
It's a pity Stuey is missing as we've been working together ell all season but Garreth O'Connor has come in and recent games and done well and you never know with Pete what he might do as we have a few options across the middle.
On people saying that St Pat's are running out of steam:
I would agree a small bit with that one. It was our 45th game the other night and you can see how tough it can be on the players.
The bigger clubs are able to rest and drop players. We've had a few weeks now that have really told in terms of injuries and suspensions and maybe we could have done with 2 or 3 extra squad players.
A few commentators have predicted that Pat's will finish outside the bigger and full-time clubs and maybe that suits their view of how the league should be.
Hopefully, come the end of the season of the five clubs at the top, we'll be sitting pretty in the middle.
On a personal level playing 45 games and trying to fit in work can be hard but the way I look on it is that you only get one chance to do things, I've been enjoying my football more than ever this season and to be honest I wouldn't want it any other way.
St Patrick's Athletic FC play Bohemians with a 1.00pm kick off at Richmond Park on Saturday 9th October. Match tickets are currently on sale from the Saints Supper Store on Emmet Road.
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