- Friday October 7th, 2011 @ 15:46
Saints Host Sligo Tomorrow
St Patrick's Athletic entertain Sligo Rovers tomorrow (Saturday) evening in Richmond Park at 7.30 pm knowing that a victory will go a long way to securing a European spot for next season.
The Saints will be looking to continue their impressive home record which has seen them lose just once in 22 games at Richmond Park in all competitions this season.
Sean O'Connor is definitely out having picked up a hamstring injury against UCD on Monday.
Shane McFaul who missed the same match with a virus is rated extremely doubtful for the match.
Stephen Bradley has recovered from the same virus and is available for selection.
Dave Mulcahy and Danny North are nursing hamstring injuries and their fitness will be reassessed tomorrow.
Daryl Kavanagh is suffering from tendentious of the knee and is also a doubt for the match.
"We have a number of players who have picked up hamstring injuries and this is not surprising given the amount of games which we have played this year.
"We have two big games next week with Monday's (Leinster Senior) Cup Final and the (FAI Ford) Cup Semi-Final on Friday, so we will have to consider giving some players some more time to recover.
"We've no suspensions but we have a few decisions to make in terms of team selection.
"Our league title ambitions are gone for another season, so there is no pressure on us. We will enter the game in a relaxed frame of mind, but we are still looking to win the match.
"Sligo are the in-form team at the moment. They'll smell blood and will go for the juggler, that's how they'll approach the game.
"They want to win the league and we want to qualify for Europe, there is a lot at stake.
"They wouldn't expect us to lie down and roll over. We have to respect our supporters, the Club and the other teams in the league, though we wouldn't care about some of them.
"We are unbeaten at home since March so we want to preserve this decent run.