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Monday 23 July 2018

Home comfort for Saints

SLIGO CLASH: St Pat’s boss Liam Buckley. Photo: Harry Murpy/Sportsfile
SLIGO CLASH: St Pat’s boss Liam Buckley. Photo: Harry Murpy/Sportsfile

Liam Buckley is happy that his St Patrick's Athletic side have managed to build themselves a fortress on Emmet Road.

The Saints moved into the top half of the table thanks to Friday's 1-0 win away to Limerick, but while that away victory was important, just one defeat in 13 home league games in a run going back to last season. And the Saints hope that's a good omen as Sligo Rovers head for Richmond Park tonight.

"Our home form and has been good lately and we are unbeaten in our last six in the league," says Buckley.

"That, coupled with the strong support we have been getting this season, means that we are hoping to extend this run and make Richmond a real fortress and a tough place for teams to come to.

"We had a stalemate against Sligo a few weeks ago so we know we won't get anything easy.

"They were very unlucky against Dundalk last Friday in conceding a late goal to lose the game so if they carry that form into tonight, they will come to Inchicore full of confidence.

"From our side though, the focus is on what we do, our own performance, and if we maintain control over that we can hopefully get another positive result."

Tonight is Sligo's third game in a week and boss Gerard Lyttle says the squad are feeling it, Rovers missing key players tonight through injury.

"The injuries are definitely because of the run of games. It isn't fair and it's not just Sligo Rovers in the situation. We can't train, we can't recover properly, and now we have to cope with six players out for this game because of all the games we've played in a short space of time," he says.

"There is also the travelling. It isn't ideal and everyone knows something has to be done about it. "

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