Updated: 29/07/17 : 06:40:31Printable Version
SLIGO ROVERS will remain in the dreaded relegation zone even if they beat current champions Dundalk in the Showgrounds tonight, Saturday.
Bit o' Red have been left with a bit of catching up to do after Away
wins last night by fellow strugglers Finn Harps and St Patrick's
Harps 3-2 win in Bray adds to the woes of the Wicklow club.
St Pats took all three points on their to bottom side Drogheda United.
It might have been much starker for Sligo this Saturday morning took.
Galway United -- with a better goal difference than Sligo -- led
unbeaten leaders Cork City in their Leeside fixture last night but lost
2-1 in the end.
Tonight, Sligo Rovers kick off at 7.45pm against a team who have had the 'Indian sign' over them in this fixture in recent times.
earlier meeting this 2017 season between the Bit o' Red and Dundalk has
ended in a 4-0 SSE Airtricity League win for the Louth side.
Recent home games have seen a dearth of goals but the real threat of relegation means this must change.
The minimum target must be four from six points from two consecutive home, Dundalk tonight and St Patricks Athletic next weekend.
Sligo Rovers homepage confirms that crowd favourite Raffaele Cretaro serves a one-game ban tonight.
Adds the website: ''Jonah Ayunga will to miss out due to a bruised rib and Seamus Sharkey is absent due to a bereavement.''
The indications are that new signing Omar Haughton from Port Vale is unlikely to play as his clearance papers are awaited.
Manager Gerard Lyttle said: "I've said that we had to stop conceding goals and make it more difficult for teams when they attack against us. You could see in Limerick we did that so that was pleasing.
"Michael Schlingermann received some criticism a few weeks ago. We wanted him to get a focus back, and he's responded with displays like in the Market's Field. There isn't a better goalkeeper in the country in my opinion when he's playing like that and he's going to be really important for us for the rest of the year.
"There are two elements to the game and we didn't quite have that final ball apart from a chance for Raff Cretaro and some half chances. We have to improve on that and improve our finishing too because goals haven't been coming enough if we're honest and we're still trying to strengthen in that area now.
"Benny led the line well but we need to get players around him faster and it's something we're looking to get better at against Dundalk.
"We'll have a game plan. Dundalk were missing five players last week and it was a really good performance by Shamrock Rovers so we expect a response. We have to fight for everything. We have to get stuck in and that may sound like old rhetoric but when you're down some bodies and it's a hard situation, you have to give absolutely everything.
"It's the message we'll be giving to the players to get stuck into Dundalk and for our supporters to will us on too because we're trying to win the game or get a draw at very least and we'll need everyone fighting for that cause.