New UCD manager Maciej Tarnogrodzki is bullish about climbing out of the Premier Division relegation zone after watching his side deliver an impressive performance in dispatching St Pat's from the FAI Cup.

Just days after taking over from Collie O'Neill and with the 10-1 trouncing at Bohemians still fresh in the memory, Tarnogrodzki, the club's former Under-19 coach, masterminded a 3-1 win over Pat's to ensure UCD are in the hat for the quarter-final draw.

Speaking after the game to RTÉ Sport's John Kenny, the Pole said: "The players were very determined to turn things around after the defeat last weekend. We worked hard and we fully deserved to win.

"We created many good chances in the first half on top of the two goals and we counter-attacked very nicely.

"If we showed a little bit more composure in front of goal in the final third we should have scored more goals."

Liam Kerrigan was among the UCD goalscorers against St Pat's

Tarnogrodzki also revealed that it wasn't a shock when he was asked to step up to the senior post.

He added: "I was asked by the club to take over the first team and I said yes. I have my pro-licence, so when Collie left I wasn't completely surprised that I was asked. I was delighted to take over.

"I have been coaching constantly for ten years. Coaching at youth level is very important. It's not realised in this league, in other leagues there is more of a progression for youth coaches to step up."

As things stand UCD prop up the Premier Division table, six points behind Finn Harps, albeit with a game in hand.

Tarnogrodzki is relishing the challenge ahead in ensuring that the Students stay in the top flight.

"We have eight games to go and if we dig in and work hard as we did tonight, add a little bit more quality, we can get results.

"I think we have the players that can dig us out.

"We have a big test on Monday away to Dundalk but we will prepare well and hopefully we can get the right result."