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Sunday 9 December 2018

mahon will aim to pile on misery

Pats boss feels for troubled Galway but will be out for all three points

PETE MAHON says he has sympathy for beleaguered Galway United over the club's current plight.

But that compassion won't extend to the field of play when the sides clash in Terryland Park this evening as Pats try and keep up the pressure on league leaders Shamrock Rovers.

A glance at the league table and the team sheet these days shows just how difficult things are for Galway: adrift at the bottom of the table with a run of 12 straight league defeats and just one goal scored in the last eight games.



DEPRESSING

The squad list also makes for depressing reading for Galway as they had just four subs -- seven are permitted -- on the bench for last Friday's league game away to Shamrock Rovers.

Times are hard at Terryland Park with unpaid wages, players allowed to leave and falling gates and though the club's hard-working board are trying all sorts of schemes to bring in extra cash -- a guided walking tour of the city with proceeds going to the club is a novel idea -- there could be more misery in store when Galway face an in-form Pats tonight.

"It's very sad to see a good club like Galway United in that sort of situation, you have to feel for the fans and players and everyone at the club," says Mahon.

"When a team can't even make up the numbers on the bench for a Premier Division game you can see there's a problem. I hope that Galway United as a club can get out of the situation they are in and that they can survive, it can't be easy for Sean Connor to prepare a team with that sort of background.

"But while I feel for Galway and what they're going through, we have to be professional about our job, go to Galway and try to come home with the three points.



GRANTED

"We're on a good run now and everyone is expecting us to win this game, we're the clear favourites, but I've learned never to take anything for granted and if my players go to Galway thinking they have the game won, then we'll end up in trouble," added the Saints boss.

"Times are hard financially all around the league, I'd love to be in a position to sign a couple of players to freshen up the squad but I know what my budget is and I'll need to move players on before I can bring in any more. We run a prudent ship at this club, the wasteful years are a thing of the past and I'm not going to go out and break the budget just to get a player in," added Mahon, strongly dismissing rumours that star keeper Gary Rogers was on his way out of the club.

Meanwhile, Rovers are at home to Dundalk tonight in a repeat of the Setanta Cup final and their manager Michael O'Neill hopes that his free-scoring side can keep up their good run in front of goal.

"We have scored 11 goals in our last three games, which is a boost for us. We have goals coming from all areas. This is obviously a positive for us," he says.

Derry City could go second with a win at home to Sligo Rovers, a situation which pleases manager Stephen Kenny. "The players were excellent on Friday against Bohemians, not many people expected us to be in this position at the halfway-stage. Now that we are here we need to press on," he said.

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