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Thursday 26 April 2018

'Saints still waiting to gel' - Liam

Liam Buckley
Liam Buckley

Liam Buckley admits that his St Patrick's Athletic side need to find their creative spark if they are to go on a winning run.

A two-game unbeaten run ended in Tallaght on Friday night as a Kevin Toner own goal gave the Hoops a win, no time for the Saints to mope as they face up to Sligo Rovers in Inchicore today, Pat's yet to find their feet in front of goal with just five goals scored in six games.

"You've got to make sure you're organised structurally so you don't concede too many chances. We did reasonably well on that against Rovers, but going the other way we didn't do enough," says Buckley.

"Up until now we've done OK in some of the matches, but we need to do better. We have players I feel can do better but we need to get on the ball more."

Sligo boss Ger Lyttle feels that his team are improving, and their goals-scored record is the fifth-best in the league, but a goal difference of minus-three shows there is work to be done.

"The goals we are conceding are completely preventable. They are goals that we are making easy for opposition to score because we should be defending better," he says, Sligo back in Dublin for the second time in four days after Friday's 2-2 draw with Bohemians.

"We need to tighten up on that moving forward. If we can do, we will win more games because the goals are there in terms of scoring.

"You're controlling a game and that is when you have to make it count. It leads to you playing on the frontfoot than the backfoot and I think we have been doing it, but without getting the first goal. We've had to then try to come from behind a lot.

"It has to be improved on. We feel a sense we are getting better and stronger as as a team and a group and we're finding out more and more about one or two players as well which is good. One or two had off nights as well on Friday which we've spoken about," Lyttle added.

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