Saints Welcome Rovers To Richmond
- Sun, Sep 11, 2011 @ 13:52
St Patrick's Athletic entertain Shamrock Rovers tomorrow (Monday) evening in Richmond Park at 8 pm knowing that a victory will move them level on points with their Dublin rivals.
The Saints will be looking to continue their recent impressive goalscoring record having scored 14 goals in their previous four league games including three against Bray Wanderers on Friday.
Saints striker Ian Daly will be hoping to start having made a positive impact when replacing Danny North against Bray.
David McMillan is definitely out with a hamstring injury but the rest of the first team squad trained this morning including Derek Doyle, who has been suffering from a calf strain.
"We're in a decent position in terms of the squad with everybody available apart from David McMillan who didn't train today.
"We've no suspensions and we have a few decisions to make in terms of team selection.
"Ian Daly definitely comes into contention after his performance on Friday but we're still considering what formation to play so we won't pick the team until tomorrow.
"We've just left Richmond Park now and the players are in good form, the grass is cut and all the tigers are off the pitch.
"This is now our biggest game of the season and we know that if we win we will go level with Rovers which is great at this stage of the year.
"Our main aim over the past few weeks has been to break into the top three and despite our good form we haven't been able to do that.
"Credit must go to the top three for that and we can't forget that Bohs are still right behind us too.
"This is a very important game for us and for them, with Derry now top and Sligo in good form all games are important.
"I hope we can get a big crowd down and that the weather and wind that's predicted stays away because we don't want the game to be spoiled as a spectacle.
"It will be very difficult for us to get back into it if we lose tomorrow but we're concentrating on winning, getting level with Rovers and hopefully into the top three with 6 or 7 games to go in the championship - that's where we want to be."