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Christy Fagan, St. Patrick’s Athletic, in action against Derek Foran, Shamrock Rovers. Picture: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

Christy Fagan, St. Patrick’s Athletic, in action against Derek Foran, Shamrock Rovers. Picture: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

Anto Flood, St. Patrick’s Athletic, in action against Shane McEleney, Derry City. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Anto Flood, St. Patrick’s Athletic, in action against Shane McEleney, Derry City. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

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Christy Fagan, St. Patrick’s Athletic, in action against Derek Foran, Shamrock Rovers. Picture: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

CHRIS FAGAN believes his St Patrick's Athletic side have regained their confidence just in time to make a real attempt to go top of the Premier Division table.

Pats were not quite booed off the park but there were some grumbles a few weeks ago when the side turned a possible six points into just two, with two disappointing home draws, in games where Pats had been in front.

But things seem to have turned the Saints' way since a 2-0 win away to Cork City, as Liam Buckley's side have taken 10 points from a possible 12, and also kept three clean sheets in four games, since then.

"We're on a nice run ourselves at the minute, and we want to keep that going. I think results breed confidence so we want to get the three points tonight and stay at the top end of the table," said Fagan as Pats prepare to face Bohemians, a return to Dalymount Park for ex-Bohs players in the Pats side like Fagan, Anto Flood, Ger O'Brien, Killian Brennan, Aidan Price and Christopher Forrester.

"Bohs are on a nice little run at the minute and with it being in Dalymount, their fans are going to get behind them.

"The last time we played them it was tough and I think they've a few players back now since then," added Fagan, referring to a 1-1 draw at Richmond Park last month.

Pats have been boosted by the return from injury of Anto Flood, as he made his comeback in Monday's League Cup win away to Salthill Devon, on a night when a number of fringe players shone for the Saints.

Bohs also had a good night in the League Cup, knocking out Bray Wanderers in extra time to advance to the last eight, and boss Callaghan hopes that his side can now build on the positives of recent results, especially the draw away to Shamrock Rovers.

"Those last two results give us added confidence and self-belief," said Callaghan. "But the mood in the squad was always good, even when we had to deal with difficult defeats, games that we felt we deserved a lot more from."


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