St. Patrick's Athletic boss Liam Buckley doesn't believe his side's inconsistent form in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division will have any bearing on their Europa League first qualifying round tie with Jeunesse Esch.
The Saints host the Luxembourg outfit in the first-leg on Tuesday night on the back of three consecutive defeats, during which they conceded nine goals and scored just the once. Pat's have won eight and lost seven of their 17 league games to date, leaving them sixth in the table – 17 points adrift of table-topping Dundalk.
“It doesn't help confidence from that end,” replied Buckley when asked by Extratime.ie whether his side's current form was a concern.
“That said, it's a separate issue. It's a different competition, it's like when you're playing in the cup and you're playing in the league. It [requires] a fresh head, I want them all coming in with a fresh head tomorrow evening and see can we get through the tie.”
Continue reading my interview with Liam Buckley on Extratime.ie.