Preview St Pats Athletic v Drogheda United

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Updated: August 18, 2011
In what could be a defining few days in the season for St Patrick’s Athletic the Dublin side welcome second from bottom Drogheda Utd to Richmond Park this Friday evening in a game that has a 7.45pm kick off.

The Saints will be looking to regain the winning thread after their defeat to league leaders Derry last week and continue their impressive home record that currently stands at 17 games having not lost at home since Bray Wanderers at the beginning of the season.

St Pat’s welcome back Gary Rogers and Shane McFaul from suspension having missed the defeat to Derry while Sean O’Connor is the only injury concern with a calf strain.

Having a full squad to choose from over the next two games is vitally important if St Pat’s are to keep themselves in contention at the top of the table. A fact that assistant manager John Gill is aware of.

“It is a big plus having Gary (Rogers) and Shane (McFaul) back this week. Having a fully fit squad gives us a few options in terms of the starting eleven and formation.

Obviously we are very disappointed with the manner of the defeat last week. It was the concession of sloppy goals that cost us the game and we have been working on this at training this week as we need to cut out the individual errors.

“Drogheda are one of the inform teams at the moment having picked up seven points from their last three games. Mick Cooke is doing a good job up there and he has bolstered his squad during the recent transfer window so we certainly won’t be under-estimating them tomorrow.”

Despite been second bottom in the table Drogheda have been in good form of late. Their draw last week against Dundalk was something that they will be looking to put right according to manager Mike Cooke.

“We did lose our concentration a little against Dundalk and we were punished for it. It’s something we can’t do again” he said. “St. Pat’s are going to be awkward, they are going through a blip, but I’m sure they will see us as a chance to get back on track.”

And that is how the game should pan out. St Pat’s are picked to get the win in what is a huge few days for the Dublin outfit.

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