Sligo Rovers take on Derry City in The Showgrounds on Saturday night in the Airtricity Premier Division, kick-off 7:45pm.
Rovers will be without Danny North (cruciate ligament), Alan Keane (metatarsal) and Iarfhlaith Davoren (ankle) for the game while Gavin Peers returns from suspension.
Manager Ian Baraclough is excited about the visit of the Candystripes at a crucial stage of the year telling the club’s official website, “These are type of games that at the start of the season you want to bring to the football club. We are right in the mix with five games to go and we have earned the right to be the fox if you like and be chased by other teams.
“Everyone is focused on what we have to do and whatever happens in other matches, our job is to get three points on Saturday.
“Derry have a game with us on Saturday, a game on Tuesday and one or two players have been coming back from injury ahead of their FAI Cup semi-final so they have a lot left in their season. Their players will all want to impress in the two games before the Cup tie so I expect a game as difficult as we’ve had against them this year.
“Last week’s draw was one step closer to where we want to be. Bray is always a difficult place to go and I thought we did alright in the game but didn’t take our chances to win it.
“We move on to the Derry where we can look forward to another big occasion at The Showgrounds. There is increasing interest, growing every week with great support for the team. Hopefully we see that again Saturday and we will go about trying to get the result in the manner we’ve done all season. “
Gavin Peers returns from suspension after missing the 0-0 draw with Bray last time out. Baraclough was pleased with a first league start for the former Newcastle United man Jeff Henderson in Peers’ place and feels it shows the quality he has at his disposal in the position.
“That is why I brought Jeff to the club, to have that competition for our two central defenders and I saw him enough before he came to the club to know he would do that. He was a big signing for us and Jeff has a bright future ahead of him.”