Following the resumption of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, it's very much a case of contrasting fortunes for St Patrick's Athletic and Derry City ahead of their Richmond Park clash.


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St Patrick's Athletic v Derry City, Richmond Park, 5pm, Watch LOI.ie

After a creditable 1-1 draw against Dundalk on Friday evening, the Saints will be looking to build on that against opposition who were abject to say the least, when going down 2-0 on their home patch against Sligo Rovers. 

Team news

St Patrick's Athletic: Georgie Kelly, who missed the Dundalk clash due to the terms of his loan deal with the Lilywhites, will be available. 

Derry City: Centre-back Ally Gilchrist is in a race to be fit with a calf problem, but new signing James Akintunde is available for selection after completing his Covid-19 quarantine protocol period. 

Gaffer talk:

Stephen O'Donnell (St Patrick's Athletic): "We've a very quick turnaround now and we welcome a very strong Derry City team, one of the strongest in the league. Again, we are dealing with a side that are three weeks to a month back training previous to ourselves so in situations like that, it could stand to them. 

"But we’re really looking forward to the game. There’s no time to dwell on our previous result, and we’re looking for similar and more of the intensity and workrate. If you get that every week, you cannot have any complaints. 

"Individuals are going to have off days and bad days, but one thing that is non-negotiable is commitment to the cause. If you get that every week, you would like to think that you would be competitive most weeks. So that’s all that we demand at the club, and if we get that every week, we’ll be very happy."

Declan Devine (Derry City): "The players are hurting as much as we are hurting about the performance on Friday night and the games coming thick and fast is what we want after a bad performance on Friday. 

"We have broken down our performance, we spoke about it and we have spoken about St Pat's and their strengths and weaknesses, so we are looking forward to the match. 

"You have got to learn from what you have done from the previous game and you have to advance it and then move onto the next game."


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