Updated: 27/04/18 : 06:06:26
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Sligo Rovers face stern test tonight in Waterford

SLIGO ROVERS travel to face Waterford FC on their home turf for the first time since 2013 tonight, Friday.

The home side have shown lethal form at home all season, while Sligo Rovers away record has been formidable, too.

That 2013 meeting was an FÁI Cup fixture, tonight three points are on offer in the second series of the SSE Airtricity League.

Earlier in the season, Waterford scored a late, late winner in the Showgrounds.

Friday night’s fixture marks the start of an important 72 hours for Sligo Rovers hopes of a dramatic improvement in their lowly league position at moment.

Bottom Spot

Monday night sees a resurgent Bray Wanderers visit the Showgrounds as they seek to further belie their bottom spot in the 10-Club league.

Tonight first, though and Sligo Rovers manager Gerard Lyttle is confident but does underestimate the task.

Says Lyttle: "I don't think the table lies. Waterford are there are merit. 

“In the last game it was tight, we had more possession and conceded with almost the last kick of the game. 

“We're going down there confident because on our day we can beat any team in the league,” the Bit o’ Red boss says of tonight’s encounter.

Team News

In Sligo Rovers team news, Adam Morgan, Seamus Sharkey and Rhys McCabe are doubtful because of injury. 

Goalkeeper Michael Schlingermann (injury) and David Cawley (suspended) are both definitely out. 

There will be a welcome return for club captain Kyle Callan-McFadden after an injury.

Clear Air

In his absence, Sligo Rovers players put in probably their best ‘shift’ of the season in last week scoreless draw with fancied St Patrick’s Athletic in the Showgrounds.

Manage Gerard Lyttle: "I feel we are getting a small bit of momentum in terms of our performances. 

“After the Derry game we had ‘a clear the air’ talk and since then there's been a greater intensity in many aspects. 

"The back line was solid against St Pat's and we created chances. 

“Every player put in a good performance and all that evaded us was the goal. 

“It was obviously pleasing for the likes of John Mahon and Jack Keaney. 

“There was a good balance in that it was such a young team, but you also had Eduardo (Pinceli) and Raff (Cretaro) that gave them a hand and brought a lot to the side. 

“There were a lot of positives,” said the manager looking back at last weekend’s showing.

“There were,” said Lyttle, “players that stood up last week to say they want the shirt and that's very encouraging. 

“We're looking forward to the game,” he said of tonight’s meeting with Waterford.

So Consistent

Looking to tonight Gerard Lyttle added: "It's disappointing to be without David Cawley and the manner that came - he has been so consistent - but we have to cope with that.”

 Cawley has had a stormer of a season in his second spell at the Showgrounds.

Indeed, he is possibly manager Lyttle’s best signing as he moves into his second year in charge.

Concluded the manager: “There are a few questions over some players with injury. 

“It's hard with the run of games because you will pick up knocks along the way,” said the Sligo Rovers manager.