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Thursday 22 August 2019

Harry desperate to find goal touch

St Patrick’s Athletic boss Harry Kenny
St Patrick’s Athletic boss Harry Kenny

Harry Kenny says he's still working hard to try and cure the problems up front for his St Patrick's Athletic side.

The Saints get back into action tonight after the mid-season break with a short trip across the city to play UCD. After that, things get busy, as they have a Dublin derby at home to a title-chasing Shamrock Rovers, then a Europa League battle with a strong Swedish side, Norrkpoing, before a glamour friendly against Chelsea.

The Saints could still secure European qualification for next season no matter how they fare against the Swedes next month but scoring goals is clearly an issue. Manager Kenny hopes to rectify that with some purchases in the transfer window.

"I'd love to get one or two in but nothing has come up at this moment in time.

"I want to strengthen in the wide areas, it gives me an option to play in different formations, which I haven't had since the start of the season, between injuries and players having personal problems, but the wide areas are a priority. It would give me the option of playing a different way," he says, frustrated by the lack of a killer touch.

"We're not too bad when it comes to conceding. I think we have the fourth-best record in the league, but it's the other end of the pitch, creating and scoring goals, where our problems are.

"I can't blame the system, as it is working quite well. It's managing what we have, personnel-wise, but we're not scoring enough, that's our problem, and we have to try and rectify that quickly.

"We had been relying on Mikey Drennan at the start of the season, we just need other people to chip in with goals. It's not just the forwards, we need goals from midfield and defenders coming up for set pieces.

"We've not scored enough goals, we have been working on it on the training ground, without much success when it comes to the games.

"Hopefully, it will turn in the second half of the season."

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