There's no room for sentiment as Mark Timlin plots Derry City's downfall
Mark Timlin is relishing the prospect of returning to the Brandywell this evening and inflicting even more misery on Derry City.
The Donegal man is in his first season at St. Patrick's Athletic after signing a two year deal following an outstanding campaign at Derry last year, which he ended as the club's leading scorer with 11 goals in all competitions.
Now, on his first game at the Brandywell against his old team mates, Timlin is hoping to boost Pat's own European chances, whilst adding to Derry's woes, which are still being felt after the EA Sports League Cup semi-final defeat to Limerick on Monday night.
"Friday will be a new experience for me going back to the Brandywell and walking into the away dressing room," he said. "I know an awful lot of the people at the football club and some of the players very well. It'll be an adjustment for me, but I'll also have a lot of family at the match on Friday and they'll all be cheering for Pat's. Similarly, my sole focus is Pat's and working hard to get the three points."
With the Saints looking to climb the league standings, Timlin admits that the squad are determined to finish the season strongly. Having lost to the Candystripes 1-0 earlier in the season, Timlin believes small details could see the side move up the table.
"We know it's going to be tough against Derry, but our aim is to move up the table so we'll be looking to claim the points. We have come out on the wrong side of a few tight games this season, little things have decided games. If we can brush up on a few things, there's no reason why we can't move up the table."
"We'd a really close game with Derry earlier in the season in Richmond Park, so we know we can compete with them. We've players like Keith Treacy and Christy Fagan back fit and in the team now so we are capable of getting wins. If we can work hard and play to our ability, we can get a good result."