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Thursday 25 May 2017

FAGAN JOY AT SERVICE

Saints are all pulling together

IN-FORM striker Chris Fagan says he is thriving on the service provided to him by the supporting cast at St Patrick's Athletic to help him enjoy the most prolific spell of his career.

The former Manchester United man is joint-top scorer in the Premier Division with an official tally of seven goals from 10 league games (although Fagan claims to be on eight goals), the most productive return since he moved home to Ireland and joined Bohemians in 2011.

"The team is ticking along nicely and I will only score goals if I am getting the ball played into me, which is the case at the moment," says Fagan, who scored twice in Friday's 4-0 defeat of bottom side Athlone Town, a win which moved Pats into second place in the league, behind Cork City only on goal difference.

"My target for this season was to do better than last year and I feel I am doing that, this is a nice run for me now with a few goals going in.

"As a striker this is a great team to play in because the goals are spread around. We beat Drogheda 3-0 and Athlone 4-0 in the space of a week but we had different scorers, only Lee Lynch scored in the two games.

"With Conan Byrne on one side and Chris Forrester on the other, we are creating so many chances.

"I scored two on Friday, James Chambers scored his first of the season; against Drogheda we had goals from Chris Forrester and Conan Byrne.

"We are all working for each other, there's no sense of people not being willing to do the work, we have no moaners in this team, everyone is willing to put in a shift for each other and that shows in our results.

"We are up at the right end of the table now after a slow enough start to the season, performances are good and we're picking up the points," added Fagan, who also says he is enjoying the fruits of collaborating with his close friend Forrester.

"We work well together but we can also have a go at each on the pitch if it's needed. I think the two of us are enjoying our football at the moment and Git (Forrester) has scored some unbelievable goals for us."

Pats now prepare for an away day on Saturday, against a resurgent Sligo Rovers who have turned around some disastrous early-season form to win three in a row.

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