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Sunday 20 October 2019

Pats have yet to hit top form – Quigley

Mark Quigley. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Mark Quigley. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

MARK QUIGLEY admits that his St Patrick's Athletic side have yet to hit top form this season.

The reigning champions unexpectedly dropped points at home to Limerick last week – they have yet to keep a clean sheet after three league games – with their next test coming away to Derry City tonight.

"I think it'll take both myself and the side time to get into our stride this season. That being said, we'll all be pushing hard to bring the points back to Dublin," said Quigley.

"I've always had huge respect for Derry as, traditionally, they're always a physically strong side, and like to play attacking football. That's always the way it has been in the eight seasons I've been playing in the league. They're a good side so we'll need to play well to get anything."

Derry boss Roddy Collins has started a shake-up at the Brandywell, with keeper Ger Doherty dropped last week against Drogheda United for the first time since he came to the club in 2008, and Collins has targeted all three points here.

"Pats come to the Brandywell as champions and, as with most sides, they have added strength to their side in the off season, but I feel that we will be more than a match for them and if we can bring last weekend's performance level and tempo, I can see this as our first home win of the season," said Collins.

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