IT'S STILL early days in the title race but Killian Brennan admits that his St Patrick's Athletic side cannot afford any more mistakes if they are to make a real push for the league this season.
As the top two of Dundalk and Cork City are not in action until Monday, the chasing pack of Shamrock Rovers and St Pats can use tonight's games to make up some ground on the leaders.
Dropped points from winnable games against Longford Town and Drogheda United are among the reasons why Pats are outside the top four and, as they head west to take on Galway United tonight, Brennan knows that wins have to start coming soon.
"Draws won't win you a league, we need get some wins on board. I don't care if they are 1-0 wins, we just need the points," says Brennan.
"We were a bit unlucky to only draw in Longford, we should have beaten Drogheda at home and I think that result left the whole place deflated.
"We haven't been putting teams away in the way we need to, if we are serious about winning something this season, we need to go on a run now.
"It's a worry as the top teams aren't really dropping points - I know Cork lost to Dundalk last week but they had been winning before that.
"Dundalk are on fire, and it's a big plus for them that they are getting results in the big games, they beat us and Cork, they drew away to Rovers and could have beaten them.
"Dundalk are the benchmark now, they are eight points ahead of us, for every two points we drop now will feel like six points dropped. So we have to go on a running run, get some points.
"The next month is huge for us, we have Rovers and Dundalk at home, Galway and Bray away, it looks like we need a big haul of points there to stay in touch," added Brennan.
While their rivals have all been able to put together a winning run this season, a series of draws has hampered the Saints so far. But if they can win in Galway tonight, that success, on top of last week's defeat of Sligo Rovers, would set up Liam Buckley's side for a key date at home to Shamrock Rovers next Friday, with another test against champions Dundalk looming just after that.
But Galway now look a more testing opposition now than a few weeks ago, Tommy Dunne's side boosted by last week's 5-0 hammering of Bray.
"I feel like we should have nothing to fear within this league, we have to be more ruthless in our play and I think that's starting to become more evident in recent weeks. We're working on it," says manager Dunne. "The work rate, honesty and effort of the players in the first third of the season gives us plenty of positives to build on heading into the second series of games.
"I think if we get a bit of luck with injuries, we'll be even more competitive and hopefully we'll get more points this time around."