Dublin Derby Preview
- Mon, May 13, 2013 @ 16:30
Richmond Park is set to host Tuesday's big Dublin derby as the Saints host rivals Shamrock Rovers as Liam Buckley's side will be aiming to narrow the gap to league leaders Sligo Rovers to just a point.
With both sides in good form recently, the game promises to be an entertaining one for both sets of supporters.
As a result, Saints' officials are encouraging fans to purchase tickets in advance of the game and arrive early before kick-off.
Buckley's side will be aiming to close the four point gap to league leaders Sligo Rovers and maintain their eight game unbeaten league run which has seen them claim 6 victories and 2 draws.
Similarly the Hoops under boss Trevor Croly, a former Saints' player and coach, will be looking maintain their good form which saw them claim the Setanta Sports Cup in a 7-1 win against Drogheda United last Saturday.
Speaking to stpatsfc.com, Saints' skipper Conor Kenna underlined the squad's eagerness to get a result on Tuesday having lost 3-0 to the Hoops in the league in March, and in turn improve on their current league position.
“A few results went our way over the weekend, so we need to take advantage of that if we can as otherwise it'll mean nothing.
We know that last time out against Rovers we didn't play well as a group or individually so we're hoping to put that right on Tuesday,” Kenna admitted.
“They had a good win on Saturday in the Setanta Sports Cup against Drogheda so their confidence will be high.
But we know we just have to worry about ourselves as if we perform to our ability, we have a very good chance.”
In team news ahead of the clash with the Hoops, Saints' manager Liam Buckley reports that he has a full squad to select from, meaning Saints' midfielder Shane McFaul could make his 50th appearance for the club should he line out.
Following two tough away fixtures to Cork City and Drogheda United which saw Pats claim maximum points, Buckley admitted that he was expecting a big crowd on Tuesday's game for what will be the first of a few Dublin derbies in the next few weeks.
“We've already had a fair few Dublin derbies due to the back fixtures being played recently.
Now five of our next six games are all against Dublin clubs so we know we'll be playing in front of packed crowds over the next few weeks.
There's always a good atmosphere in these fixtures and lots of passion will be seen so the players know what to expect,” he told stpatsfc.com.
“Hopefully our crowd will get down to Richmond in big numbers on Tuesday cause when they get behind the team, like we've seen in previous home matches against Rovers, they can make a huge difference for us.”