Monday 22 January 2018

Saint Pat's need a nasty streak

Aaron Greene insists Pats must get ruthless

St Pat's Aaron Greene (left) in action recently against Dundalk's David McMillan.
St Pat's Aaron Greene (left) in action recently against Dundalk's David McMillan.

AARON GREENE admits that his St Patrick's Athletic side can't afford any more slip-ups if they are to compete for the league title this season.

The 2013 champions are already eight points behind leaders Dundalk as a succession of draws - Monday's 2-2 draw at home to Drogheda United was the third draw in four games - has already put the Saints adrift.

"We have to be concerned about how the other teams are doing as the top three are not dropping points or conceding goals," says winger Greene.

"We were disappointed to draw with Drogheda on Monday but it was worse when we heard after the game that Dundalk, Cork and Shamrock Rovers had all won, with clean sheets as well, and we can't keep dropping points as long as they all keep winning.

"We have to stop conceding goals. It's not a case of having a go at our defenders, we have to defend from the top, the attacking players like myself, Ciarán Kilduff and Conan Byrne have to work harder to defend, the attackers are the front line of defence.

"People say that Pats are a good footballing team but we have to have a nasty side as well, we need to work when we don't have the ball, we have to work harder on not conceding goals.

"No disrespect to Drogheda, but that draw at home on Monday feels like a defeat. We have to give them credit as they played well and took their chances but this week we feel like we lost the game. Every game in this league is crucial and if we're serious about winning things we should be beating Drogheda at home.

"We battered them on the pitch but the scoreline doesn't show that, it doesn't matter if you have 70 per cent of possession but don't stick the ball in the net," added Greene.

Meanwhile, Dundalk star Richie Towell says his side are up for the challenge away to Cork City on Friday.

"Turner's Cross is a great place to play. They pack the ground down there. They're getting some great crowds and they always have," he says.

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