After a real case of opening night nerves, Ian Bermingham feels his St Patrick's Athletic side will get over their disaster at home to Galway United last week and prove wrong those who have already wriiten off the Saints.
Even before they took the lead just into the second half, Liam Buckley's side were expected to romp home against Galway but then conspired to lose 3-1, largely due to some awful defending and some classy finishing by United. The defeat saw - already - the odds on Pats winning the league slide, but veteran defender Bermingham can deal with that.
"I don't care if people are writing us off already, we have been written off every year for the last few seasons and we've managed to win a few things so it won't bother us," Bermingham told the Herald as Pats head west tonight to face Longford Town.
"Last week wasn't good enough, we know that. We made a lot of mistakes in the game, we didn't create enough and it wasn't a good night for us.
"But we have had a good week in training, and I think we can put right a lot of what went wrong in the Galway game," added Bermingham, admitting that Galway's first goal, scored by ex-Saint Vinny Faherty, was especially painful to watch. You could pick out five or six individual errors for that goal, it didn't look good when we watched it back. But it's how you react to issues like this, I saw the mood and the intensity in training and I know we'll be in better shape tonight."
Longford are of course three points ahead of the Saints and Bermingham has steeled himself for a battle in the midlands. "We will play our normal game but we have a plan B if things aren't going our way, we know how to win games," he added.