Updated: 27/10/17 : 04:46:58
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Sligo Rovers ‘cup final’ mode for tonight

SLIGO ROVERS need just one point to secure the premier status in the SSE Airtricity tonight, Friday.

They face Drogheda United in United Park —  (formerly Hunky Dorys Park)  with the support of 500 travelling fans expected.

There is nothing hunky dory, however, about the Bit o’ Red approach to the big game.

Said Sligo Rovers manager Ger Lyttle: “We don’t go looking for the draw, the approach has to be to win the game and nothing else.”

“In recent weeks,” he recalled: “We have beaten teams that we couldn’t beat before.

“The win over Derry was very pleasing. In July it was a different story.

“We’ve beaten Bohs, got a good draw in Tallaght and our record in this series of games is good.

“But from Monday when we got back to training, it has been preparing for a massive Cup final. 

“We’ve got ourselves into this position and we have to make it count. Training has been excellent all week. We want to approach the game right,” said Lyttle.

Sligo Rovers face tonight’s tie without 2017 season stalwarts Regan Donelon and Craig Roddan, both suspended.

No Sentimentality

The manager added, “I made late changes to team against Derry because of the conditions.

“We felt some things would be preferential and opted to switch things up.

“There is no room for sentimentality, it’s part of the game and we have a good group here.

“This is another different challenge and we’ll have to make some changes because of the suspensions.”

Even though Drogheda United have already been relegated, Sligo Rovers boss Ger Lyttle is not expecting them to go through the motions.

Same Intensity

Said Lyttle: “I have too much respect for Drogheda’s manager and management team to treat the game lightly.

“To think that Drogheda are just waiting for the season to end and that they will go through the motions would be stupidity.

“We have to have the same intensity as against Derry, the same work-rate and the same level of performance from the first minute,” was the manager’s view.

Really Solid

The Sligo Rovers boss made the trip to Ballybofey last Monday night to sneak a look at Drogheda.

“I was in Finn Park and it was a bit of a strange game. Drogheda took their chances well as Harps self-destructed.

“It shows you need to be focused, you need to be really solid when you play them and we’ve made that very clear all week.”

Cup Final

Of the 500 fans expected to travel Lyttle noted: “They been there with us everywhere and I know it’s going to be same again on Friday.

It’s been an important part of the results we have got away from home.

“This is,” declared Lyttle of tonight’s league game of season 2017: “A Cup final for the whole club and they’ll play their part for us.”