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Mahon: Pats still aiming for second place

ST PATRICK'S Athletic boss Pete Mahon says the Saints have not abandoned hope of a second-place finish in the league this season despite a slump in form.

Long-time leaders of the league table earlier in the season, Pats have dropped to third after taking just one point from the last three games. But with second-placed Bohs not in action tonight, Mahon sees the home game against Dundalk as a chance to get back into the top two and ensure Europa League football for next season.

"Some people might feel it doesn't matter where we finish as long as we get into Europe, but it matters to me and we are aiming to try and finish in second place. Dundalk is a crucial game and one that can make a tremendous difference as to where we finish," Mahon said.

"While Bohemians are trying to catch Rovers, we are trying to catch them, and a win tomorrow brings us within four points of them with a home game against them coming up. We cannot afford to underestimate them in any way.

Sporting Fingal, on a low after their defence of the FAI Cup was ended by St Pats last week, are also keen to get their league form back on track after four games without a win.

"It was a disappointing result but we move on and concentrate on our pursuit of a higher-placed finish in the league," said manager Liam Buckley ahead of tonight's game away to bottom side Drogheda United