Sligo Rovers v Monaghan United preview

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Updated: August 27, 2011

Sligo Rovers will be looking to bounce back from their EA sports cup exit midweek when they face Monaghan United in the FAI cup at the Showgrounds, kick off 7.45pm.

Rovers form has been patchy of late with a narrow 1-0 win over UCD covering over the cracks of a slight dip in form that has seen Bohs beat them at home not to mention points being dropped against Dundalk and St Patricks Athletic.

Paul Cook, who will be without key defender Alan Keane, will be hoping his side can be more prolific in front of goal against the 1st Division side, the Sligo manager saying “I thought we played very well for a lot of the game, but we didn’t take our chances.

“That is something we must work on because if you don’t take your chances, you don’t win games.

“Roddy Collins will have Monaghan up for the challenge and they will not be afraid to take us on.

“We want to bring momentum into the next few weeks and everyone knows how important the FAI Cup is to Sligo Rovers.”

Monaghan will offer a stern challenge to Cook’s men, the northerners are currently third in Division one and have won their last three games on the spin.

Roddy Collins side will be without the services of Conor McMahon but other than that it’s a full strength squad that make the journey west and the former Carlisle manager was confident ahead of the game “From my point of view this game is coming at the right point of the season, our side is playing with great confidence and displaying some excellent resilience”

“Although our main focus has been on the league, this cup tie is an added bonus. The lads are really looking forward to meeting Sligo.

“Sure they are impressive, but I believe that their main strength is also their main weakness; they love to play attacking football and for the most part they achieve their aim.

“I believe the way to beat them is to stop the supply and to take them on at their own game of playing attacking football.”

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