St Patrick's Athletic travel to Dalymount Park on Friday night for their SSE Airtricity League fixture against Bohemian FC.
Friday's Dublin Derby is expected to be a close affair with only three places separating the two sides and with both sides having one win each from the previous two league games this season, the Saints claiming a 4-0 win in Phibsboro back in March while Bohemians picked up a 3-1 win in Inchicore back in June.
After a three week period with no fixture, the Saints will be looking to return to action with a win and Saints' manager Liam Buckley admits that the break has the players itching to get back on the field.
"We've had a bit of a break without a game so this first game back against Bohemians is one the players are looking forward to. With it being a Dublin Derby, the players need no motivation and from past fixtures we know that it can go either way against Bohs so we need to really be at it from the start," Buckley admitted when talking to stpatsfc.com.
In team news, the Saints are without skipper Ian Bermingham through suspension, while defender Darren Dennehy and goalkeeper Barry Murphy miss out through injury.
For midfielder Killian Brennan, the final six games of the season are all must win as he admitted that the last few weeks of inactivity has seen he and his team watch various results pan out.
"We've had plenty of training sessions since the Dundalk game to try and work on the things we didn't do right against Dundalk. At the same time, we've seen a few teams around us pick up points so we know we've to go out and get some results. That hopefully starts against Bohemians on Friday."
Brennan had a successful spell with the Gypsies between 2008 and 2011 winning various honours including two league titles, however he knows that he and his teammates must perform against his former side if they are to pick up a result.
"Yeah I'd good times at Bohs but that's going back a few years now," Brennan told stpatsfc.com. "We'll be under no illusions, it be won't be easy on Friday and it's going to be a tight game. Bohs are in good form and I saw them last week and they managed to put four past Drogheda.
"With it being a Dublin Derby too, you know it's going to be a hard game. But it's a game we need to win as we need to start getting points on the board as it is getting tight around the bottom."
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