- Sunday March 13th, 2016 @ 15:03
PREVIEW: SAINTS Vs Bohemian FC (Monday, Kick-Off 7.45pm Richmond Pk)
St Patrick's Athletic head into their first Dublin Derby of the 2016 SSE Airtricity League season on Monday night as they host Bohemian FC in Richmond Park (kick-off 7.45pm).
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Both sides head into Monday's 'Dublin Derby' in good form following their first league wins of the season last Friday; the Saints claiming a 1-0 away win over Longford Town thanks to a Christy Fagan goal, while Bohemians claimed a 1-0 home win against Sligo Rovers.
Ahead of the game on Monday, Saints' manager Liam Buckley confirmed to stpatsfc.com that the three day turnaround has come too soon for injured players Jamie McGrath, Conor O'Malley, Jack Bayly and Lee Desmond, though he is expecting to have Michael Barker available for selection for the first time this season.
"Friday was a good win for us against Longford. We expected a tough game against them and that is what it proved to be. There were a lot of improvements on our first game of the season against Galway, but we still have a lot to work on so the hard work will continue," Buckley admitted.
"Keith Long has added to his squad which performed so well last season, so again, it'll be a difficult match. It's our first Dublin derby of the season so a good crowd in Inchicore will be there. Both teams are well supported so we'll be looking for our own crowd to be vocal and get behind the team. That 'Richmond Roar' can make a big difference in big games like this so hopefully we can put in a good performance and get a result."
For Saints' skipper Ger O'Brien, the importance of a meeting with Bohemians needs no re-enforcing as the game represents a game against one of his former clubs and the chance to get a bit of momentum with three points on offer.
"The first Dublin derby of the season is always big for everyone in the club; players, management and supporters," O'Brien told stpatsfc.com.
"We've a short turnaround from the Longford game, so that can be tough physically. But we've got to take the positives and see it as another opportunity to get out on the pitch and get three points. Looking back to Friday against Longford, we were much better defensively and going forward as well. It may have only been 1-0, but I thought we were good value for the win and deserved it.
"We're back at home on Monday night, and it's important we put on a good performance for our supporters. No one was more disappointed with our opening game against Galway than the players. We will be looking to get the win for the fans on Monday as we know there'll be a big crowd in Inchicore backing us. Fingers crossed they can cheer us on to three more points."