Sunday 21 January 2018

Saints playing catch-up on Dublin rivals

Ian Bermingham
Ian Bermingham

IAN Bermingham wants his St Patrick's Athletic side to bridge the gap on Bohemians by taking a win away from tonight's trip to the northside.

The Saints finished a massive 25 points above Bohs last season but form has been turned around in 2015 with the Gypsies - an unexpected presence in the top two - already five points ahead of Liam Buckley's side, recent draws against Longford Town and Cork City harming Pats.

"We're looking to go out and show what we can do as we've dropped a few points lately, so we know tonight is a big game as we need to win and it would bring us closer to some of the teams ahead of us like Bohs," said Bermingham, back in the Saints side tonight after suspension.

"Bohs have several good players in their team and we'd know the likes of Anto Murphy, Derek Pender and Lorcan Fitzgerald from their time at the club, so we know it'll be a tough game. But if we can go out and play well, we can hopefully get the win."

Buckley has a strong squad to pick from as Greg Bolger, Jason McGuinness and Brendan Clarke, all back from injury, rejoin Bermingham in the squad.

A home win for Bohs, combined with a Dundalk defeat, would see Keith Long's side go joint top of the table, not bad going for a side rated by Boylesports as 150/1 outsiders for the title in pre-season.

"It's important to stay on an even keel. We can't get too high when we win and we can't get too low when we lose," said Long. "We have a grounded group, they're a modest bunch and they know they can't approach any game down gears. We know we always have to put in 100 per cent to get anything out of any game."

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