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Buckley confident Pat's can make push for title

LIAM BUCKLEY is confident a title push for St Patrick's Athletic is back on track as they prepare to put their away form to the test again this weekend.

Much of the gloom that had enveloped Inchicore in the aftermath of last week's disappointing draw at home to Bohemians was lifted in midweek when St Pat's travelled to Derry and came home with three points. It was a costly win as midfielder Stephen Maher suffered a broken leg and is out for the season, but the win did allow Pat's to go back on top of the table, two points ahead of Dundalk.

Apart from a disastrous 3-0 loss in Tallaght Stadium at the start of the season, the Saints have a superb away record, with nine wins from 11 away games in the league since that defeat to Shamrock Rovers, and Buckley hopes Tuesday's win in Derry can be followed up by another victory in Limerick tomorrow.

"The Derry result was brilliant for us," he said. "With our goal difference, a draw would have been enough for us to go back on top but to come away with a 1-0 win was great for confidence.

"To go two points clear of Dundalk was a big deal for us and hopefully it's a sign that we can keep the run going, winning in Derry was a great response to the draw at home to Bohs. Our away form is good but we have to keep up, we can't sit back now and we have to try and get something in Limerick." For Limerick, tomorrow's game is important as a poor run of form has seen Stuart Taylor's side emerge as possible relegation candidates, with Limerick now nine points from the drop zone, but boss Taylor is confident: "We'll be fine – I've always said that."