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Sligo Rovers will be looking to bounce back from the disappointment of their Europa League exit when they travel to Louth to face Dundalk at Oriel Park.
The pressure will be on Paul Cook’s side as they face the double whammy of also losing top spot in the league with Derry and Shamrock Rovers both winning to send the Bit O’Red down to third in the table.
Sligo will be determined to get back to the top today with a nine game unbeaten league run behind them the form guide is very much in their favour. Sligo drew 0-0 with St Pats Athletic the last time out on July 23rd while a week earlier they put in a season’s best performance in the 8-0 win over Galway.
Sligo will make the journey to Louth without Alan Keane who injured his thigh in training midweek and is out and Jason McGuinness who is suspended.
Speaking to the club’s official website Cook was refusing to let the defeat by Vorskla Poltava hang over his side, “It was a disappointing night on Thursday. We were beaten by a better side and we make no excuses. It will prove a good lesson for the players and now we have to bounce back.
“We said before the European matches that our priority was the league season. That hasn’t changed and we can’t afford to reflect on Thursday for too long because every game will be vital between now and the end of the year.
“Dundalk is a very hard place to go to. The teams know each other quite well and the games are always tight.”
Dundalk also had a goal less draw the last time, impressing in a tight encounter with Derry at the Brandywell.
Dundalk’s recent form has been strong with a 3-1 loss to Bohemians their only set back in their last 7 games, a run that has seen 17 goals and three win’s and three draws.
Dundalk boss Ian Foster was full of praise for the Westerners ahead of the clash but was also confident that his side could get three points “They come here with a fabulous squad on the back of some wonderful results and clean sheets galore, so we know how difficult it will be to break them down.
“But we’ll go into the game full of confidence. We’ll go into the game on the front foot and we’ll go and try to get three points against one of the best teams in the League of Ireland.
“If they can stay clear of serious injury and suspension, I would say by the end of the season they would certainly be there or thereabouts.”
Dundalk will be missing Eoghan Osborne (broken leg), Stephen McDonnell (knee) and Colin Hawkins (hamstring) however Ian Foster welcomes back Ross Gaynor and Jason Byrne who are both fit after recent injuries.
Eoin Doyle 16
Mark Quigley 8
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