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Chris Forrester of St Patrick's Athletic at the FAI Cup first-round draw. Photo: Sportsfile

Chris Forrester of St Patrick's Athletic at the FAI Cup first-round draw. Photo: Sportsfile

Chris Forrester of St Patrick's Athletic at the FAI Cup first-round draw. Photo: Sportsfile

Chris Forrester insists St Patrick’s Athletic are not out of the title race, and has urged supporters to be patient – with the Saints currently 11 points off the top.

Speaking at the FAI Cup first-round draw yesterday, the 29-year-old accepts the Inchicore side were “below par” at times during the first half of the season but adds they are “pushing in the right direction”.

“I think we’ve let ourselves down a bit,” said the midfielder.

“I’m not discounting us from the league, I’m just saying we’re a bit far off where we want to be. The way the league is this year, everyone is taking points off everyone. As long as you put a consistent run of games together, you could be anywhere. We’re up for the challenge.”

Days after lifting the FAI Cup last November, Stephen O’Donnell departed the club to return to Dundalk, taking Sam Bone, Robbie Benson and John Mountney with him. Forrester said it has taken time for the new management and players to settle in at Richmond Park, and that’s been reflected in some of the results.

“You can almost get spoiled by your own success at times,” said Forrester.

“People need to understand that last year we had a really good season, but we’ve got a lot of new players in. I think everyone needs to calm down a bit. I’ve seen a lot of people go above and beyond, saying it’s all doom and gloom. You see it all over social media, ‘do this, do that’, all the coaches on Twitter. I think patience is an important word.”

Tim Clancy’s side host Waterford in the first round of the FAI Cup next month as they look to back up last season’s success.

Forrester admits that his spectacular strike in last year’s showpiece was his best to date, and being the defending champions is an extra motivation.

“I don’t know how many views it’s got, but I’m sure I own about 60pc of them,” said Forrester of the goal. “For me, it was the best because my mam, all my sisters and my little girl were there. It was probably not my best technically, but in terms of the occasion, it was the best feeling.

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“You don’t want to be on the end of a so-called giant-killing or anything like that. We won’t take it for granted just because we’re a bigger team. You want to push and do your best for your club, your fans and yourself. It definitely gets the juices flowing.”


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