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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Saints have a winning momentum

Keeper Clarke: Europe slot a must

Morgan Langley and Pats boss Liam Buckley
Morgan Langley and Pats boss Liam Buckley

IT'S the most impressive winning run in Europe - and St Patrick's Athletic have no plans to give up that winning feeling as they head into a key phase of the domestic season.

Friday's 2-0 defeat to Shamrock Rovers made it eight wins from eight league games for the Saints, a club record.

It's also a stand-out statistic from the current club scene across the continent: while most leagues in Europe have just started, or are about to begin, many leagues in Scandinavia and eastern Europe have been up and running for months, but of those, the Saints' eight-game streak is the best run around (BATE Borisov have won seven in a row).

Huge

"I don't think I was ever with a side that won eight in a row before. Momentum is huge in this game, we'll enjoy it while it goes on," says Pats keeper Brendan Clarke.

"We still have a lot to play for and we hope we can keep this us. We want to finish as high as possible and Europe is a must for us. If we get Europe by finishing second or third, or via the FAI Cup, that's fine, the main aim is to get into Europe.

"We are just going about our business, Liam Buckley keeps us focused on the next game and we're already looking ahead to Bray next weekend, we need to take the three points there so we'll win as many games as we can and see what happens. It's a good group of players, we are all pushing in the same direction."

Meanwhile, Pat Fenlon admits he's unable to put a date on a likely Shamrock Rovers debut for Damien Duff.

All three of the Hoops' ex-internationals are sidelined by injury and Rovers fans have yet to see Duff in action on the field. "There's none of them making too much progress at the moment, I have stayed away from it and left it to Tony [McCarthy, physio]," says Fenlon.

"We were hoping that one or two of them might be back for next Monday but it might be a bit longer now. Maybe two weeks down the road they might have a chance but I don't think we will see them any quicker than that," added Fenlon, still upbeat depiste the derby loss on friday.

"Pats are three points ahead of us but we have a game in hand so it's not the end of the world, that's the first game we have lost at home in 13 months," he says.

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