LIMERICK FC midfielder, Jason Hughes is hoping the Blues can build on their opening night draw with Bray Wanderers as the Blues face difficult away assignments in the EA Sports Cup and SSE Airtricity Premier League.
Limerick return to action tonight, Monday, when travelling to Turner’s Cross to face Cork City in an EA Sports Cup tie, 7.45pm. Stuart Taylor’s men then face Dundalk who were beaten 4-1 by Drogheda United in their opening Premier Division fixture, at Oriel Park this Friday night, 7.45pm.
Hughes, who signed for the Blues from Ballynanty Rovers during the summer, has impressed since making the step up from junior football to the Premier Division. Hughes signed his first contract with Limerick when he was 17.
Midfielder Hughes said: “Every game we play we are hoping to pick up three points. It is also a good sign from the team when we play poorly and still keep a clean sheet.
“We are hoping to push on and build up as many clean sheets and wins as we can as the season progresses.
“Tonight (against Bray) was a poor performance. Obviously the fans who did come in, I would hope they will come back and give us a second chance and that we can win our next home game.
“I am just hoping to try and keep my place in the team. There is some really good players here and I am just hoping to try and improve every game that I play. I would like to start week in and week out.”
Hughes confidently predicted that captain Shane Duggan would quickly bounce back from his unfortunate sending off against Bray after the 24-year-old picked up two yellow cards.
Hughes said: “To be fair, I thought Shane Duggan’s sending off was harsh. Duggie is great player, has great character and will definitely bounce back. I know he will come back stronger from this We just need to push on from here.
Hughes is enjoying the challenge of pitting his wits against the top League of Ireland players in the Premier Division.
Hughes said: “There are benefits from being in the Premier Division for a second season from a playing point of view. Ok, the opposition teams know more about you, but we know more about them too. There are some really good players and really good teams in this League. All they can play is a starting XI. All we can do is go out and hopefully play well as a team, hopefully push on. The League is very tough, but all we can do finish higher than seventh like we did last season.
“Personally, I am enjoying playing in the Premier Division. Training is very, very good. When you are playing, time-wise you get to or three touches max and then you are being closed down. You have to work an awful lot harder. I find playing against really good players, you have to play well. That makes you better as a player.
“We have some really, really big games coming up. We are looking to win all three of them. That will be tough. But every game we play we look to win. We are hoping we can go and beat Cork in the EA Sports Cup on Monday night and then hope we can pick up two wins on the trot in the League.