Updated: 21/04/18 : 06:28:57
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Sligo Rovers home tonight to St Pats

SLIGO ROVERS face St Patrick’s Athletic in the SSE Airtricity League at the Showgrounds at 7.45pm tonight, Saturday.

It also marks the first anniversary of Gerard Lyttle moving in as manager.

A home win would jump the Bit o’ Red from eighth place to seventh place.

Last night’s 2-0 defeat of Bohemian FC by Cork City, a match televised live by Eir Sport 2, could greatly adds to Rovers further satisfaction.

Key issues for resolution by Rovers onfield include a poor scoring rate, sluggish settling in to games and indifferent midfield.

Fix any two of those three shortcomings and goals could be the order of the night tonight at the Showgrounds.

Team news

In team news, Lewis Morrison has progress quicker than anticipated and could feature in the squad. Michael Schlingermann will not feature due to injury.

Gerard Lyttle said: “Our game plan was working really well in Cork and the performance was good.  I don’t think they had to work too hard for their goal which was disappointing. We didn’t defend that as you would hope. But I thought we played well and we take the positives from it.

“In the two matches we used the squad and all of the players did well. We keep saying it that we have good players here and it’s up to them to hold on to the jersey.

“In between the Limerick and Cork games, I went to St Pat’s against Waterford and I was very impressed by them. They had a bit of everything, they were organised, well-drilled and played really good football. Their squad is one of the best in the league, and had an amount of experience to call upon from the bench as well. We’re in for a tough game.

“Putting in an honest effort, a hard-working shift, the fans getting behind you in The Showgrounds, it’s what Sligo Rovers is about. In the Derry game, we didn’t do it, we let them down as I said.

“We needed a response and got that in Limerick. Now that we’re back in The Showgrounds, it’s a chance to turn around the run we’ve had here."

“I was brought in to keep the club up last season and achieved that. We are working on the second goal which is to stabilise the club and kick-on. This club is set up for big things.

“The infrastructure, the fan base, the backing it gets, but it will take time.

“We’d like to be a further up the table but I feel we are getting there. It will take some years to get to where we want to be in a competitive league but I feel we will.”

Kick-off 7:45pm.