Shamrock Rovers’ interim boss Brian Laws’ short-term job starts in earnest as the Hoops travel to St. Patrick’s Athletic hoping for a win to aid their return to European football next year.
Saturday’s listless 3-1 defeat to Drogheda will not be allowed to carry over into Tuesday’s performance according to Laws.
“Losing in Saturday’s cup final was very disappointing, especially to lose in the manner which we did. We gifted them two goals, and after that we always had a uphill battle. But we need to get over that quickly as we have a big game to play on Tuesday.
“We still have a lot left to play for, as not only do we need to qualify for Europe ourselves, but we can also have a big say in what goes on around in terms of all the European spots. This game is huge for both ourselves and St Patrick’s and we need to make sure we are in the right frame of mind for it.”
Pat’s boss Liam Buckley says that his side must maintain their level of performance if they are to keep up their assault on the top places of the league – the Saints could move past Drogheda to second place if they can beat Rovers.
“Nobody should be in any doubt that this will be another tough game for us and that there will be a lot of tough games between now and the end of the season.
“Each club is playing for something, whether it be the fight against relegation or for a European place, so there’s a lot to be won and lost over the next few weeks.”
Buckley may be without John Russell, Hernany Macedo and Stephen O’Flynn for the fixture, as well as long term injured Mark Rossiter.
Rovers meanwhile will be sweating over the fitness of Ciaran Kilduff and Ronan Finn who picked up knocks in Saturday’s defeat to Drogs. Conor Powell, Stephen Rice and Pat Sullivan are all suspended, and Graham Gartland and Conor Winn remain out with back injuries.