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The Lilywhites coach hailed the Saints but stressed that his side would be fully focused on securing victory ahead of the Airtricity Premier Division clash at Richmond Park

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny has conceded that tonight's game against St Patrick's Athletic will be a 'tough' one, but remains confident in his own team's ability.

The Lilywhites currently find themselves in third place in the Airtricity Premier Division, picking up eight points from five games and Kenny insists that they will be 'fully focused' on getting another win when they travel to Richmond Park on Tuesday, April 2.

"St Patrick's Athletic will be another tough game," Kenny told the club's official website. "They have a formidable squad. Some really good players and they got a really good win against Limerick."

He continued: "They've started the season well but so have we. We have been really good away from home and we will step up to the challenge.

"After Pat's, we'll have played the top four from last season and we've done OK. Tuesday is a big game for all of us. We'll prepare properly and be fully focused on the win."

Dundalk will be without captain Stephen O'Donnell, but Stephen Kenny has no other concerns over player availability ahead of the clash with Liam Buckley's side.

Elsewhere, fourth place Shamrock Rovers will make the trip to Thomond Park to face Stuart Taylor's Limerick and Hoops boss Trevor Croly is hoping to secure a win against the Super Blues.

"They have good players and we expect it to be a tricky test for us," said Croly. "But we are well prepared for the game and will be looking to go and get a win from the tie."

Shamrock Rovers will be without defensive duo Jason McGuinness and David Elebert, who are recovering from respective hamstring and groin injuries.

Limerick, meanwhile, will be without Axel Bossekota, who is serving a suspension, but the Super Blues will be able to call upon Barry Ryan on Tuesday evening.

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