Saturday 16 December 2017

Mahon afraid of 'double hump'

Neil Ahern

PETE Mahon faces a goalkeeping crisis ahead of St Patrick's Athletic's Setanta Cup semi-final first leg clash with Sligo Rovers tonight -- but not a crisis of the standard kind.

The Saints boss has revealed that his current first choice number one, Gary Rogers, expressed great frustration last season when he was dropped as soon as Mahon took the reigns at Richmond Park.

And as a result the former UCD and Bohemians manager is now hesitant about putting Rogers back on the bench, even as he looks to rotate his squad for tonight's clash.

"Gary had the hump with me last year because when I came down here I brought Brendan Clarke straight in," said Mahon.

"The reason I did that was I felt Gary was a bit low in confidence. He had made some mistakes and I felt that he would come back a better goalkeeper for it.

"Now he probably didn't understand where I was coming from at the time but I put Brendan Clarke in and I think I was justified in doing that.

"And Gary now, as you can see, has come back better. And he has to be because we have Dan Connor there. I don't know (if Rogers would react negatively to being dropped again) -- you'd have to ask him that. But if he did that would be two humps he'd have -- a double hump!"

Irish Independent

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