Dundalk manager Sean McCaffrey takes his side to Richmond Park this evening for a vital match after last week’s shock defeat to Monaghan United, kick-off 7.45pm.

The Lilywhites have been very poor so far this season with just nine points on the board after 12 games and manager McCaffrey in under pressure following such a disasterous result against Monaghan on Friday.

McCaffrey spoke angrily to local media after the game and with Monaghan just one point behind the Lilywhites, there is pressure on ahead of the tough trip to face Saints.

Pat’s were held by Bray Wanderers in the Carlisle Grounds as they fell eight points behind Sligo Rovers at the other end of the table.

They remain unbeaten in 11 matches but are now level on points with Shamrock Rovers.

Liam Buckley will be without James Chambers and Mark Rossiter due to injury.

Stephen O'Flynn (thigh), Seán O'Connor (groin) and Darren Meenan (shoulder) are doubtful.

Liam Buckley was disappointed to concede three goal at the Carlisle: "I felt we played well on Friday night but conceding three when we had only conceded four in the first series of games was disappointing.

"The performance was good though and we left Bray feeling like we'd dropped two points.

"We had a settled side for the first series of games but have picked up a few injuries in recent weeks but that's why we need a strong squad.

"We have a good squad and I've no doubt that the lads who are there can come in and do a good job.

"If we perform like we did on Friday against Dundalk, and keep it tighter at the back, I think we'll have a good chance of coming away with three points.”