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Foran insists Pats are focused on first leg in Sligo


 Derek Foran of St Patrick's Athletic. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Derek Foran of St Patrick's Athletic. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Derek Foran of St Patrick's Athletic. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

ST PATRICK'S Athletic defender Derek Foran insists that the Saints have already put their weekend disappointment in the league behind them to place their sights on a place in the Setanta Sports Cup final.

Even though they were leading 1-0 against Limerick on Saturday, Pats lost the advantage of a winnable home game to end up with just a point from a 1-1 draw.

Retaining their league title is the priority for Pats this season, but given their poor record in the Setanta Cup – just one appearance in the final, where they were beaten in 2010 – Foran heads west tonight to face former club Sligo in the first leg of their semi-final, hoping to consign that draw to history.

"The Sligo game is coming around at a good time for me as I'm keen to get back out on the pitch and get a result after Limerick at the weekend. I thought I was at fault for their goal, so I wasn't too happy about it," said Foran, a close season signing from Shamrock Rovers.

"But that's the great thing about this squad of players that we have. As a group, we assessed things for a short while, but then it's move on and prepare for the next game. Some managers dissect things an awful lot, but it's different here at Pats and I think that's down to the manager.

"Bucko's philosophy is to dust yourself down and get back out on the pitch and put things right. He's a great manager for getting the confidence levels up, so the whole squad is really excited and raring to go for Sligo," he added.

Sligo also have a twin aim for this evening's game, hoping to pick up from a weekend disaster (Rovers lost 1-0 at home to Dundalk), while also improving their relatively poor record in the Setanta Cup.

"We've been so close to reaching the Setanta Cup final before and we know, if we perform over the two matches, it will give us a great opportunity to be there," said Rovers boss Ian Baraclough ahead of their home leg.

"We'd like to take a lead to Richmond Park. We'll be targeting that, but in two legged ties anything can happen."