Saints Look To Build On Last Week's Result

  • Thu, Apr 12, 2012 @ 13:14

St Pat's travel to Hunky Dory's Park on Friday aiming to continue their unbeaten start to the season as they face Drogheda United.

The Saints will be hoping to replicate their impressive display last week which saw them defeat league champions Shamrock Rovers, while Drogheda themselves will be hoping to see a repeat of their last home performance against Derry City which saw the Boynesiders claim a 2-0 victory.

Speaking to STPATSFC.COM, Saints' manager Liam Buckley was keen to stress that last week's win and performance would be wasted if his side did not regularly produce the form seen in Richmond Park last Friday.

"We're looking for a consistency in terms of performances from the group, and if we get that, I'll be very pleased.

"I know there's goals in the team and a lot of quality but we have to knuckle down in every game, and we've learned that the hard way already having had a few draws lately.

"We have to apply ourselves right because if we don't, teams will punish us."

Drogheda United will be the Saints' third match in seven days, but despite the quick turn around in games, striker Christy Fagan expressed his eagerness to be involved in all the upcoming fixtures having missed the initial first three league games of the season through suspension.

“I think when you are in a bit of good form, you're happy with the games coming thick and fast.

"You just want to keep playing and building on what we're doing.

"We want to keep things going so we'll be looking for the three points against Drogheda."

The Saints record in Hunky Dory's Park though has been mixed in recent times, losing 4-3 in their final game of the 2011 season last November, while their form in their last six league games there reads won three and lost three.

St Pats' fans will also come face to face with former striker Declan 'Fabio' O'Brien, in what will be his first game against the Saints' since he left Inchicore after a season in which he scored four crucial goals in the 2009 Europa League campaign.

Commenting on the challenge that Mick Cooke's Drogheda would present, Buckley pointed out that but for some misfortune against Shamrock Rovers in their opening league game of the season, Drogheda would also be unbeaten to date.

"Any side that can go to Cork and win, and then turn over Derry at home have to be respected.

"Mick has signed quite a few decent players, including one or two from Monaghan.

"They've started the season particularly well, but more importantly they're above us, so far from our end of it, we'll have to apply ourselves right, which hopefully we'll do."

Buckley revealed to STPATSFC.COM that he had no injury news to report and other than Aidan Price, who continues to make progress in his recovery from surgery on his ankle over the close season, he has a full squad available for selection.

Next Fixture

Bohemians / April 27th @ 7:45pm
Competition: League
Venue: Richmond Park

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