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Pats not travel sick - Fagan

ST PATRICK'S Athletic striker Chris Fagan says he's not concerned about the Saints' poor record on the road this season as they head north to play Derry City.

Pats will, once again, have a decent travelling support with them in the Brandywell as the Pats fans have backed the team in large numbers this season, but those fans -- especially the more experienced ones -- will be travelling more in hope than expectation.

Winning in Derry is not something Pats tend do to that much, with just two league wins from the last 16 games in Derry for Pats.

This season, Pats can't seem to win anywhere outside of Richmond Park, just one win from six away games and that was against strugglers Dundalk at the start of the season.

"We probably should have more points on the board in general and that's nothing to do with being home or away, we just need to turn all those draws into wins," says Fagan, a close-season signing from Bohemians.

"The away record isn't great in terms of points, but I'm not all that worried about it as we have played well in a lot of the games. We should have won in Sligo last weekend but only drew, we deserved to beat Bohs in Dalymount but drew that one as well.

"So I don't think it's a matter of being home or away or not being able to win our away games. We just need to start winning matches, full stop," added Fagan.

"We have a great back four. I think our keeper Brendan Clarke has one of the best clean-sheets records in the league, but we need to do the business at the other end of the field as well."

Chances

He insists that last week's game in Sligo was a case in point as Pats could and, in Fagan's book, should have won the game but "only" ended up with a draw against the league leaders.

"Even without me missing a penalty, we should have won the game," says Fagan. "We played well and created some great chances but didn't do enough to get the three points.

"We played well away to Sligo against a very good side so that's encouragement for us as we go to Derry. It's a tough place to go and Derry have had some brilliant results this season," added Fagan. The 2012 season started badly for former Manchester United trainee Fagan as it took until the fifth league game of the season for him to get into the starting XI, due to a suspension carried over from last season.

But despite the claims of other strikers such as Ian Daly and Stephen O'Flynn, he has kept his place in the side and with four goals in six league games, he's in the best form of a career which has seen him line out for clubs in England, Spain and Scotland as well as his native Ireland.

"It's gone well for me, I'm settled here now. I came back to Ireland last year and signed for Bohs. I enjoyed the year and it was great to get back playing but it was a tough season as well as we had a small squad at Bohs and I had a few injuries," added Fagan, who says that a move back to England -- he had three years with Manchester United and also spent time with Lincoln City -- is not on the agenda.

"I'd like to play at the highest level possible but I'm not desperate to get away," he says. "I'm happy here at Pats. The club are very professional. If the chance of a move came up I'd look at it but for now my aim is to win some trophies with St Pats."