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Friday 24 May 2019

Buckley orders Saints squad to pick themselves up for Bray

LIAM BUCKLEY has told his St Patrick's Athletic players that they have no time to feel sorry for themselves after a worrying slump in form.

The Saints have managed just three points from their last three games, and although their placing in the bottom four of the league is skewed by the fact that they have two games in hand on the top five clubs due to postponements, recent defeats – especially Tuesday's loss at home to Dundalk – have caused some concern.

And St Pat's fans will be anything but cocky on their trek to Wicklow on the DART this evening for their game against Bray Wanderers, those supporters well aware that Pat's managed just one win in three meetings with Bray last season.

"We need to pick ourselves up and move on," said Buckley as he prepares his side for the Bray clash, with changes possible after a disappointing display at home to Dundalk. "The players would know themselves how good or bad they played in the Dundalk game, in relation to individual stuff and team stuff.

"It's the team stuff that we need to improve on. We're disappointed that we juggled around a little bit and it didn't work. We just need to look at that in relation to moving forward.

"I just expected our performance to be better in the first-half to what it was. I thought the second-half wasn't too bad. We were at it, we were trying our best bearing in mind they had 11 players behind the ball and it was difficult to break down.

"Some of the balls were just hopeful balls from poor angles. We are disappointed but we'll pick ourselves up and have a go at Bray.

"Pat Devlin has assembled a young squad together with some players who have huge potential. When you add in the few experienced heads to that that they have, the likes of Jason Byrne for example, you have a very good side.

"They're unbeaten in their two home games to date so we know the challenge they'll pose, but we'll be looking to take the points on offer on the night."

Bray hope for a stronger defensive showing with the recall of experienced keeper Darren Quigley after suspension, as Quigley's understudy Sean Holmes had a debut to forget on Easter Monday, the former St Pat's man conceding a soft goal in a 2-0 defeat for his side.

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