Drogheda v Sligo Rovers preview

Sligo Rovers’ double challenge continues with an Airtricity League Premier Division visit to Hunky Dorys Park to face Drogheda United, kick-off 7.45pm.

The Bit O’Red booked their place in the FAI Ford Cup semi-finals with a win over Shamrock Rovers on Monday night.

However, the cup win came at a cost, with both Jason McGuinness and Eoin Doyle picking up injuries which will keep them out of tonight’s game.

But Rovers will be able to call on Danny Ventre, who returns from suspension, and fit-again Aaron Greene.

Although Drogheda United lie second from bottom, former Wolves legend and Sligo manager Paul Cook is urging his players not to underestimate the hosts’ ability.

“You just have to look at Drogheda’s results. They have drawn with Derry twice and were beaten by a 94th minute goal by Shamrock Rovers,” Cook said.

“There are no soft touches in this league. It is going to be a very hard game. When you’re winning games it is easy to think you can just keep going. You have to earn each result and respect every team in this league.

“Mick Cooke has done an excellent job and made Hunky Dorys Park a very hard place to get a result from.”

The Liverpudlian and former Southport boss, admitted the pressure is beginning to grow as the business end of the season looms, but he is relishing the upcoming fixtures.

“There is a pressure but it is a great pressure and one that we want.

“There is no point getting anxious early on if things don’t go your way. You get anxious if the referee blows the whistle after 90 minutes and you haven’t won the game.”

Drogheda led 2-0 at the Brandywell in their last league game, but Derry City pegged them back to secure a 2-2 draw.

“It was disappointing not to come away from Derry with all three points, but it shows what we are capable of,” Drogheda boss Mick Cooke said.

“Sligo are going to be tough. They are one of the best footballing teams in the country and their league position comes as no shock at all. But we are confident and we, as always, will go out to take three points.”

Droghedas remain without long-term injury victims Jack Flynn and Colin O’Brien, but Lee Lynch is available for selection again.

Alan McNally, Tiarnan Mulvenna and Gavin Brennan are all suspended.


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