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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Saints continue upward climb

Liam Buckley, manager of St Patrick's Athletic
Liam Buckley, manager of St Patrick's Athletic

The St Patrick's Athletic camp claim they are looking up the table after stitching together a three-game unbeaten run.

The Saints have moved out of the bottom three thanks to some recent good form and Liam Buckley's side aim to sustain that when they host Sligo Rovers tonight in Inchicore.

"We're unbeaten now in three and last week was a good win," says keeper Conor O'Malley, on last week's defeat of Drogheda United.

"We're still gelling together as a team so hopefully we can continue that tonight and over the next few weeks.

"Last week was a great result for us.

"We all worked really hard and it showed in the scoreline with the fact we were well on top for the majority of the game and kept a clean sheet.

" When everyone is closing down and pressing from the front, it makes it easier for us at the back so our aim is to replicate that every week," he added.

Aiming

Meanwhile, Shamrock Rovers make their first trip to Buncrana to face Derry City, aiming to make it three wins from three in the league, though boss Stephen Bradley admits his side are not yet the finished article.

"We want to win in Derry and see where that takes us. We're getting there, it's not perfect by any stretch," he says.

"We've let games slip at vital times, the pleasing thing about the last two weeks is that we've played as a team for 90 minutes so that shows signs that the lads are starting to to gel better.

"It's still going to take time but we're definitely in the right direction."

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