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Chambers: My goal is clear

ST PAT'S star James Chambers hopes that an end-of-season goal rush has not come too late for his side to try and snatch the league title away from long-time leaders Sligo Rovers.

The 2012 title race could be wrapped up as early as next Saturday, with two rounds of matches left in the season, if Sligo can get just a draw at home to second-placed St Pat's. Sligo supporters will be hoping that their 35-year wait for a league title can be ended and then celebrated on their home patch.

While Sligo have a free-scoring side with 49 goals in 27 league games, the Saints have struggled in front of goal at times this season - from June through to August they managed only five goals from eight league games.

Liam Buckley's men appear to have found their scoring touch lately, scoring eight without reply in the last two games, but it may be too little too late to catch Sligo.

"We have to look at ourselves as a group and admit that we need to score more goals," says Chambers.


"I have to question myself over that, I have only come up with one goal this season and that's not enough for a midfield player.

"Some of the lads have stepped up in the last while, Greg Bolger and Kenny Browne both got on the scoresheet against Dundalk on Sunday and Sean O'Connor has nicked a few goals in the last few weeks.

"If we had scored more goals as a team it would take the weight off the shoulders of our front three, so while it was nice to win 5-0 and 3-0 in the last couple of games, we need to keep that up, and that means going to Sligo and looking for a win on Saturday," he added.

"If you were a Sligo supporter or player it couldn't be set up any better; they can win the title in front of their own fans and with two games to spare. If that was us we'd love to do the same - win the title on our home patch.

"They are over the line if they beat us so we have to go there and win the game. We know what has to be done and we'll do all we can to win the game.

"There is pressure on them as they'll want to win it in front of their home crowd, they won't want the title race to go on for another couple of weeks.

"But there's pressure on us too; a draw is no good to us in terms of the league title, we need to win so it's nicely poised to be a fascinating game.


"We want to keep it alive for as long as we can. Sligo are a good side and they will be worthy champions if they do win it, one defeat over a whole season says a lot about how good a side they are."

Yet no matter what happens in the league race it's been a good season for Pat's who have already secured a place in the FAI Cup final and are almost certain of European qualification.

"We have had a good year, the European run was great for us and getting to the Cup final is a big deal," he says.

"We won't switch off in the league just because we're in the Cup final, we want to keep going in the league as long as we can so we'll put it up to Sligo on Saturday."

Chambers was substituted in the first half of Sunday's Cup win over Dundalk due to a hip problem but has vowed to be fit for Saturday.

"That's one game I don't want to miss, so I'll do all I can to be fit," said the former Shamrock Rovers man.