Updated: 02/09/17 : 06:08:36
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Sligo Rovers 'drop' woes, face Falkirk tonight

SLIGO ROVERS know only a wing and a prayer, mostly the latter, can now save their premier league status.

This Saturday morning, they are mired back in the official relegation zone.

Later tonight, Sligo Rovers are at home in the Showgrounds to Scottish side Falkirk in a new cup competition. See below.

But the way the ball is bouncing this September Saturday, Sligo Rovers might do without this distraction. 

Squeaky Bum

Finn Harps won away in Limerick to bounce two points clear of the Bit o' Red.

There were six yellow cards and two goals as the Shannonsiders plunged towards the 'no escape' portal in the SSE Airtricity League.

Galway United also took a valuable point in Dublin against Bohemian, who come to the Showgrounds on Saturday October 7th next. 

It all adds up to several sessions of ''squeaky bum time'' coming up over the remaining six premier league games for Sligo Rovers. 

Tonight's Sligo Rovers match with FalkIrk kicks off at 7.45pm with tickets available at turnstiles. The match can been seen online (Free). See link below
 
It is the Showgrounds first outing in Scotland's IRN-Bru Challenge Cup.

John Russell is a big doubt due to a hip problem and is one of four players set to miss the next league game with Finn Harps in two weeks

Craig Roddan, Michael Leahy and Raffaele Cretaro are the others, confirm Sligo Rovers.
 
Goalkeeper Michael Schlingermann is also doubtful with a neck injury.

                             Livescore table - Sligo Rovers back in relegation zone

Ticking Over

Manager Gerard Lyttle said: "There are differing factors at play which is wanting to play your strongest team available and also mindful of the players we have and have not available for that Finn Harps game. 

"We are going four weeks without a league game which is very difficult for everyone. 

We want to prepare for that game in the best way we can, we have to protect our players that our struggling and we also want to do well in this game so all of those will be considered.
 
"This game is important to keep us fresh, ticking over and give our training a consequence because when you've got four weeks of not having that game at the end of week, it becomes a problem. 
 
"We want to win this game and build on that performance in Cork. It's so frustrating we haven't been able to do yet but we have to cope with it and to play a strong opposition in a Cup game is one positive.
 
"Make no mistake we are playing a good side. They haven't had the results early in the season but from watching them and speaking to Queen of the South manager Gary Naysmith, they are just not firing yet and I think will be higher up that table in Scotland at the end of the season.
 
"Queen of the South beat them 4-1 in their recent meeting but when I looked back I think everything dropped for them on that occasion. 

''They were clinical and punished Falkirk. We want to find that display that can see us do something similar and see if it can take us to the next round,'' said Lyttle.

Tonight's start in the Showgrounds will be 7.45pm -- same as for most home league games.

The match can be see live online (Free) at;
http://liveevents.name/watch-sligo-rovers-falkirk-live/