PREVIEW: Longford Town Vs ST PAT'S (A) (Kick-Off 8pm)
Thu, Mar 10, 2016 @ 15:01
St Patrick's Athletic travel to the midlands for their first away game in the 2016 SSE Airtricity League on Friday night as they face Longford Town in City Calling Stadium (kick-off 8pm).
Liam Buckley's Supersaints will be looking to get their first win of the season after last week's defeat to Galway United, while Longford will be trying to make it two out of two after their 2-0 win away to newly promoted Wexford Youths.
Pat's will be looking for a similar result to their last away outing against 'The Town', the Saints running out 3-0 winners against Tony Cousins' side last September with striker Christy Fagan amongst the goals that night.
In team news, Saints' manager Liam Buckley confirmed to stpatsfc.com that he will be without the services of Conor O'Malley, Jamie McGrath, Lee Desmond and Jack Bayly through injury as his side look for a win.
"Longford on Friday will be a tough game for us as they got a good result last week against Wexford. Tony [Cousins] has improved his squad on last year and still has many of his key players there so we know it'll be a tough game.
Last week was disappointing for everyone, so we'll be looking to get our performance levels right and if we do that, we've a chance of coming away with the points."
For Saints' keeper Brendan Clarke, last Friday's game against Galway United saw the 30 year old make his 170th appearance for the Inchicore club. However the Inchicore man admitted when speaking to stpatsfc.com that last week's game was one he and the Saints' squad wanted to quickly forget with the main focus being to bounce back following the defeat.
"Last week's game was very disappointing for us all at the club. But come Saturday morning, the focus of all the players was putting things right on the pitch and looking ahead to this game on Friday against Longford," Clarke said.
"We have all our games on video so we looked at the analysis that Liam and the backroom team put together and have taken that onboard during the week in training as we worked on a few things.
We know that it's going to be tough against Longford; I know some of their squad well and we won't have it easy there, but the aim will be to improve on last week and get a result."