Thursday 21 November 2019

Madden calls for consistency

FRUSTRATION: Harry Kenny. Pic: Sportsfile
FRUSTRATION: Harry Kenny. Pic: Sportsfile

Simon Madden admits that the real St Patrick's Athletic have to turn up every week if they are to achieve their aim of European qualification for next season.

The Saints host Derry City tonight, that game a key battleground in the fight for a European place.

It's their third meeting in the league in just six weeks, fixtures moved around due to European duties later this season, and the two clashes with Derry have shown the two sides of the Dublin club: awful at home in one game (Pat's lost 3-1 at Richmond Park) and superb in the next (a creditable 1-1 draw in Derry).

Saints boss Harry Kenny has spoken of his frustration at his side's erratic nature this season and defender Madden backs that up.

"We just can't get a run going, we get two wins but then we make a mistake, or else we don't turn up and have a bad performance," he says as his former club prepare to visit Inchicore.

"We got beaten by Derry here and then performed well up there, we have to match the same standards every week.

"Other teams in this league are dropping points so if you get three or four wins together you can move up the table. Wwe have a big week ahead, Derry at home tonight and Dundalk away on Friday," added Madden, also unhappy at a record home record which has yielded one point from a possible six.

Veteran Madden is puzzled by a fixture list which has so many midweek games in the first half of the season.

"So many games makes it boring for people from the outside and you need to keep it interesting, we play so many games before the break, surely it's better to play games towards the end of the season when there's more at stake."

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