KENNY BROWNE believes that his St Patrick’s Athletic side have displayed the “mark of champions” as they keep up their bid to retain their Premier Division title,
Pats went to the top of the table for the first time this season with a 3-2 home win over long-time league leaders Cork on Friday night, but the Saints had to show that they have grit as well as glitz in their team, early blows like the loss through injury of leading scorer Chris Fagan and the concession of a goal to City striker Mark O’Sullivan posing challenges to Pats.
“In the last two games, against Sligo and Cork, we were 1-0 down but we came back to get good results and that’s the mark of champions, I feel,” said Browne, one of the scorers on the night against Cork for the Saints.
“We played well against Cork but I know we can play better. We are on a good run, we have won six from seven but we need to keep that up now in our next games, against UCD and Limerick, but with the run we are on at the moment we feel we can beat anyone, that’s not us being arrogant but it’s the way we are playing.
“We are conceding a lot more goals than last year, last season we won a lot of games 1-0 but that’s not the case this season, yet we are still winning games. It’s not as if we have a poor back four all of a sudden but it’s a matter of individual mistakes that have cost us. We had a nice run of clean sheets there for a while but now we’ve conceded four goals in the last two league games.
“We play such an attacking brand of football that we are wide open at times. But we have so many flair, creative players like Christopher Forrester, Conan Byrne and Daryl Kavanagh that we are always confident we will score. But if we can get those clean sheets back again we will do ok,” added Browne.
Pats have had some unlikely goal scorers in recent games: in last week’s 2-2 draw away to Sligo Rovers, full back Ian Bermingham scored his first goal in four years while on Friday Browne found the back of the net, a rare goal for the big centre back.
“Myself and Bermo don’t score too many but we do score important goals,” joked Browne.
Collins ousted as Derry boss
RODDY Collins’ time at Derry City is at an end as the club announced last night that the Dubliner had left his post after a troubled time for the Brandywell club.
Poor league form raised questions about Collins’ pre-season promises and controversial decisions such as the axing of long-serving player Kevin Deery and the demotion of last season’s leading scorer Rory Patterson to the reserves caused angst.
“The Derry City FC Board Of Directors would like to announce that Roddy Collins has left the club by mutual consent. Derry City FC would like to thank Roddy for his service,” the club said last night. It’s though that former Derry captain Hutton will get the chance to take over as manager.