Sligo Rovers team news v Dundalk

Updated: September 9, 2012
Sligo Rovers

Sligo Rovers take on Dundalk this Monday in The Showgrounds in the Airtricity Premier Division, kick-off 7:45pm.

Rovers were not in action on Friday and saw their lead at the top of the table cut to six points by second-place Drogheda United.

The Bit o’ Red have won their last three games against Dundalk and are unbeaten in the last eight against the Lilywhites.

Former Dundalk player Mark Quigley has scored eight goals in his last eight league games, the same number as Darius Kierans’ men.

It is 24 games since any away team kept a clean sheet in The Showgrounds in all competitions.

Rovers will be without Danny North and Iarfhlaith Davoren due to injury.

Manager Ian Baraclough said: “I think we want the games coming thick and fast now. We had a break on Friday while the other teams were in action so this is a match we’re looking forward to. There are just seven games left and obviously each game gets more and more important as the season winds down.

“I’ve been pleased with how we’ve handled each match recently, we’ve coped with the increasing magnitude and they have been dealt with very well. Last week to go three goals up against Bohemians at half-time, a side that have not conceded too many goals, was excellent and while we didn’t finish the game in such style, it was a very good three points. This is another big game against a side that will battle for 90 minutes and really put it up to us.

“I was in Oriel Park on Friday and I’m not sure Dundalk deserved to lose. There was a contentious penalty decision and when you’re down the bottom sometimes things don’t go for you. They have some dangerous players and we’ll have to work very hard to get the result.

“I don’t expect them to give up because they are seven points adrift, Darius Kierans is determined to do his best for Dundalk and he wants to be a success there and help them avoid relegation.

“We have a near full-squad with just Iarfhlaith and Danny out and it is important to have as many bodies as possible at this stage of the season. We’ve been fortunate that we’ve avoided losing many players and there are plenty of options for Monday’s game.”

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