Updated: 21/09/16 : 05:03:03
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Rovers discipline record 'worst in League'

By Eugene McGloin

SLIGO ROVERS ''horrendous record'' on discipline this season was slammed on national TV this week.

It was described as ''the worst disciplinary record in the (SSE Airtricity) League.''

Adding weight to the claims was that they came from Alan Cawley, (pictured) Sligo born panellist and analyst with RTÉ television.

He was speaking on 'Soccer Republic' on Monday night.

The comments came after a weekend in which Sligo Rovers went down to a second 4-0 defeat against lowly Bray.

The Bit o' Red also finished the game with ten men, after a sending off.

RTÉ Programme host Peter Collins suggested Sligo fans should ''brace yourselves'' ahead of the analysis!

Key Issues

Said Cawley: ''Away from home they've played thirteen matches, they're dreadful on the road.

''They've conceded 24 goals, they've lost seven, and won only four.

''One of the key things and it comes back to the highlights (we watched) tonight is that there are disciplinary issues.

''They've the worst disciplinary record in the League,'' said Alan Cawley, a seasoned RTE panellist and analyst.

He continued: ''sixty six yellow cards and seven reds, that's totally unacceptable.

''Roddan, who is the biggest culprit, he is captain and has eleven yellows and two reds.

''He is supposed to be leading by example to all the other players. It's dreadful.

Full Time

''Then I look at them and think what the season could have been for Sligo Rovers. I see the season Derry City have had.''

The RTE analyst then examined Sligo Rovers record against the four bottom clubs, Finn Harps, Wexford Youths, Longford and Bray.

''Of those matches that Sligo Rovers have played against those teams so far there was 27 points on offer. They (Sligo Rovers) have picked up only 12.

''Thats horrendous against the bottom teams for a club of Sligo Rovers size, the resources they have, full time professionals.''

Personnel Changes

Host Peter Collins interjected to say they were fifth in League and ''have had more personnel changes than other club in the League.''

Said Cawley: ''I don't think they have had as much change as Derry City, with new manager. 

''I look at Sligo Rovers and they could be in that position. All the other clubs around them have been poor this season. 

''Sligo Rovers could easily be up in that top three or four but they've lost the last three out of their four matches.

''I just think what there 'could have been' for Sligo Rovers this season but there's definitely disciplinary issues there because that's a horrendous record.