Baraclough: Display not good enough
Sligo Rovers manager Ian Baraclough has said the performance in the 2-0 defeat against St Patrick’s Athletic in Richmond Park was not good enough as the Bit o’ Red were beaten in the league for the first time this season.
Goals from Conan Byrne and Killian Brennan were enough for Pat’s as injury-hit Rovers failed to get to grips with the game.
The Rovers boss said: “It was disappointing result wise, I thought the performance was not good enough for sure and we’re not going to hide away from that.”
Injuries to Aaron Greene, who picked up a knock in training on Thursday, and Raffaele Cretaro added to Rovers’ injury problems with Danny North, Seamus Conneely, Joseph Ndo and Ciaran Kelly already out.
Alan Keane sustained a broken nose in the second half and had to be substituted, while Iarfhlaith Davoren will face a suspension after a contentious dismissal late on in Inchicore.
Baraclough said: “It makes it more difficult. You have to contend with those things. I think we have a good enough squad to go and deal with blows like losing the two players.
“But when you add those two along with Iarfhlaith getting sent off and Alan Keane picking up a broken nose, it is difficult to lose four players in the space of 24 hours.”
Roves failed to create opportunities to test Pat’s in the 90 minutes and were frustrated as the home side coped well with any offensive offering from the champions.
The uncharacteristic display displeased the Rovers manager: “It is not like us at all, it comes from being happy to go and play sideways and backwards. It should be looking for positive balls, looking for things where you can try and create and get in real danger areas.
“I thought we lacked that real cohesion and understanding. Again, that is not like us because you see us in training, you see us in earlier games and we’ve been very positive and created stuff in wide areas.
“Certainly the amount of crosses that went into the box for goals this season has been very, very good and I can’t remember too many that did on tonight.”
It compounds a bad week for Rovers with two defeats in three days but there is a semi-final second leg in the Setanta Sports in The Showgrounds to look forward to on Monday night.
The Bit o’ Red trail 2-0 in the tie but Baraclough is hoping the challenge will lift his players.
He concluded: “After a defeat you do want to get back on the pitch, you do want to rectify things and hopefully the players and certainly myself are fully prepared for an exciting game with Drogheda where you can go and get into a cup final.
“If that doesn’t get people up for something I don’t know what does.”