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Forrester: 'Title race is not yet run for the Saints'

EUROPE is now looming very close on the horizon for a St Patrick's Athletic outfit who have very much enjoyed their jaunts into European football in the last few years.

But for Christopher Forrester, a league title challenge is still on the agenda and the in-form Saints man says he won't rule his club out of the league race until it's mathematically impossible.

There was a dark cloud over Inchicore last month when a defeat to Dundalk left Pats a massive 16 points off the pace in the league table, and the talk on Emmet Road was that the focus for the rest of the season would be on the FAI Cup and Europa League.

But three straight league wins, and the sight of Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers both dropping points, has got Pats fans thinking about the league again, their next battle at home to Longford Town tonight (8pm, live on RTE 2 TV).

"For me personally, it was never off," says Forrester of the league title.

"I always wanted to win the league, no matter how far ahead of us they were I wanted us to fight, until the end of the season. It was all doom and gloom, there was a lot of people talking about how bad Pats were and that sort of talk, but now they are back talking about how good we are again, that's how it goes over a few games.

"We will fight them until the end of the season and push them as hard as we can. That's always been our plan," added the former U21 cap, insisting that the Saints have come through their bad spell.

"A couple of games didn't go our way and that gave us the kick up the ass that we needed, we kicked into gear and we are very confident at the moment," said Forrester, who made his own contribution with a goal in each of the three league games before the mid-season break.