St Patrick's Athletic manager Liam Buckley stresses the importance of keeping possession

The Saints boss has placed added emphasis on keeping the ball as much as possible against Hannover 96 in the Europa League Third Qualifying round
St Patrick's Athletic manager Liam Buckley has warned that his side must not give away possession cheaply if they are to ensure that they do not concede at home to Hannover 96 in the first leg of the Europa League Third Qualifying round.

Speaking ahead of the fixture against the Bundesliga side at Tallaght Stadium, Buckley stressed the importance of patient build up play.

“We have to make sure we play our way. When we get the ball, we’ve got to be even more patient in terms of keeping possession – our supporters have been great in understanding that and supporting us this season,” Buckley told

He added: “We’ve a tough game [tonight], but we’ll rely on what we’ve been working on for the past few months, and if we retain the ball, they’re not going to score.

"So we cannot afford to give the ball away cheaply which we have done at times this season – if we can avoid doing that, we’ll give ourselves a chance.”

The Saints will be without the services of striker Stephen O’Flynn, who is expected to be out for up to a month after breaking a rib.  Dean Kelly is also on the casualty list with a groin injury, while Mark Rossiter is a long term absentee with a knee injury.

Meanwhile, Buckley is hoping to have new signing Vinny Faherty registered in time for tonight's clash against Hannover 96. The 25-year-old has rejoined St Pat's after returning from Australia, following a spell with Moreland Zebras.