Fahey: I hope Chris stays a Saint
Pat's ace backs 'outstanding' Forrester but says youngster must keep form up
ON CURRENT form, the sale of Christopher Forrester to a foreign club seems inevitable.
But Keith Fahey, a man who knows all about playing on the big stages such as Wembley and English Premier League grounds, hopes that St Patrick's Athletic can hold on to Forrester for a while longer.
Former Bohemians man Forrester clearly knows his way to goal, with a tally of 15 goals (impressive for a midfielder) from his first two seasons with the Saints.
Now he has netted five in nine Premier Division games this term but it was the manner of his two goals in Monday's 4-0 win over Drogheda United which has got people talking.
His second goal, a mazy, Messi-like run and finish was a moment of genius but even the player himself admitted that his first, a 45-yard lob, was "outrageous". Within hours that goal had attracted 45,000 hits on YouTube and would back up the theory that Forrester never scores a boring goal, only spectacular ones.
The U21 cap has been linked with a move abroad before, having gone on trial with clubs like Wolves, Watford and Bristol City but nothing has come from it. Wolves were put off by his slight build, while any hope of a move to League One side Bristol City last year ended when manager Sean O'Driscoll was sacked while the Dubliner was on trial there and Forrester was forgotten about amid the chaos.
English clubs who have ignored Forrester before may take note of his current form and have a proper look and reconsider their previous doubts.
Fahey, who was an instant success in the Championship with Birmingham City after leaving Pats, admits to being a massive fan of team-mate Forrester but is not keen for him to leave – just yet.
"We want to hold onto him, I don't want to start talking about Christopher going to this club or that club in England, and I would hate to see him leave at this stage of the season," says Fahey of his team-mate.
"Technically, Christopher is unbelievable. That first goal on Monday was ridiculous. When I saw him tee up that shot from so far out and have a go, I said 'What are you doing?' But it flew in, it was a cracking goal, and his second goal for us was exceptional as well.
"He is doing really well for us but it's important that he keeps the form up. It's still early days in his career and he needs to keep up this form over a long period," added Fahey.
"Sometimes when he doesn't get the ball he can lose the head a little bit but that's part of the game.
"I think the first goal on Monday against Drogheda came out of frustration, he didn't seem to be enjoying the game up to that point, it was a scrappy game and we were finding it hard to get on top before he scored that goal.
"In training he has been outstanding. When you work with him every day his technique stands out and he has done very well.
"But it's not just Christopher who is doing well, Sean Hoare is another one. Sean has started at the back in the last four league games and he has been outstanding, for such a young lad he is so composed, his decision-making is superb and he looks like an amazing talent.
"As a team we have a little bit of everything and it's working at the moment as we've won four in a row in the league so it's probably not fair to single lads out as we are winning as a team – but there's no doubt that Christopher has been very good for us," added Fahey, who admits to his own frustrations in front of goal.
Since he scored a goal – admittedly a classy one – in the season's curtain raiser of the President's Cup, Fahey has yet to hit the back of the net.
"I haven't scored apart from that game against Sligo, this is a real drought for me but once the lads are scoring and we are winning I'm not that bothered, I am happy to let the other lads take the glory."
Monday's win over Drogheda was important for Pats as the clubs ahead of them in the table, Cork City and Dundalk, had also won that day while the club snapping at the Saints' heels, Shamrock Rovers, also gained a win, making things tight at the top of the table.
"We're not looking at other teams and how they are doing, we're just trying to get going ourselves," said Fahey, with Pats now focusing on Friday's clash with bottom side Athlone Town.
"We had a sticky patch for a while in the league but I feel we are on form, and it's a good sign that we are scoring a few goals as well.
"We have some nice momentum in the league, that's four wins on the trot now and hopefully we can keep that up against Athlone on Friday.
"I know they are bottom and have lost all their games so far but they are a decent side, Dundalk needed a late penalty to beat them so we know they are scrapping for points, and we won't win just by turning up on Friday," added Fahey.