LIMERICK FC captain Pat Purcell insists the players are only worried about their own performances as the Airtricity League First Division season reaches the final straight.
Table toppers Limerick are four points clear of second-placed Longford Town, and seven points ahead of Waterford United who they host at Jackman Park this Friday night (7.45pm).
Defender Purcell agrees Pat Scully’s charges are in the position of strength, with other teams needing them to drop points in the final few weeks of the season.
Purcell said: “We’ve always said to ourselves that we can only worry about our own performances. What anyone else does is out of our control and there’s nothing we can do about that.
“We just have to focus on our performances and if we do what we’ve been told on the training pitch, hopefully the results will look after themselves.
“Even with the cup games and the Manchester City match this month we’ve managed to remain focused on one game at a time. That has brought us to the top of the table and we hope we can stay there.”
Waterford United have had the ‘Indian Sign’ on Limerick this year, beating them in each of their three previous league meetings.
Purcell knows they will provide tough opposition, but he is confident that the league leaders can get an invaluable win.
“It will be a tough game,” Purcell agreed.
“They’re a decent team and they’ve already beaten us three times this year. It will be a challenge for us but we’re still top and we want to answer those three defeats with a win on Friday.
“Other teams might look at this as a game where we might slip up and let the chasing pack back into it, but if we can get a win it will show that we mean business. If we perform to our level then I think we’ve a good chance of winning.”
Limerick play four of their six remaining games at home and Purcell believes the team can turn this to their advantage.
“It’s always good to be playing at home. The fans have been good to us this season,” he added.