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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Bermingham: Saints needs to wake up to drop threat

St Pats’ Ian Bermingham. SPORTSFILE
St Pats’ Ian Bermingham. SPORTSFILE

An angry St Patrick's Athletic captain, Ian Bermingham, says the club need to wake up to the fact that they are serious danger of relegation.

The Saints' status as one of only two clubs (along with Bohemians) to have never been relegated is threat, the Inchicore club once again bottom of the table after a weekend which saw them lose at home to Bohs while fellow strugglers Galway United earned a point away to Sligo Rovers, that derby defeat adding to the pressure on manager Liam Buckley.

"We are in a relegation battle for real, whether we like it or not and this just isn't good enough," says the long-serving Bermingham.

"We need to buck up or else we will be relegated, that's the bottom line. We are in a mess and there's no point in saying we are too good to go down.

"Someone said that to me about when they were at Shels a few years ago, they said they had too many quality players to go down, but they went down and struggled to recover ever since. The worst thing we can do as a club is say we are too good or too big a club to get relegated. We are where we are as that's how good, or how bad, we are at the minute."

The Saints have struggled of late, with just one win in 11, but they could have had the three points at home to Bohs on Friday as they led 1-0, thanks to Alex O'Hanlon's first-ever goal for the club, only to collapse and lose 3-1.

"The game was there for us to win but in fairness to them, they started the second half well, they got on top and we gave away silly goals," added Bermingham.

"They are schoolboy errors and that's the story with us every week, we give away stupid goals, we let teams back into games where we should be killing them off. If we get the first goal we don't get the second.

"Then we make a mistake at the back and that sucks the life out of us, we have young players in the team and it's hard on them, but it's up to everyone in the team, everyone at the club, to improve, on the park and off the park.

"We were missing three players through suspension against Bohs but it's up to players to come in and do a job, you train every week to be ready to come in if needed and it's all very frustrating.

"This club means a lot to me, I know it means a lot to the other players, it's killing me to be losing every week, to be down at the bottom. But we need to get out of here, need to start winning games."

The Saints now face two key games, against Limerick and 11th-placed Galway United.

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