Baraclough looks ahead to 50th game

Ahead of his 50th league game in charge on Saturday against Cork City, Sligo Rovers manager Ian Baraclough wants his team to kick on and build their run of victories in the Airtricity Premier Division.

The Rovers boss was delighted to see a seventh league win in succession against Shelbourne last Saturday in The Showgrounds, but feels there can be more to come from his players ahead of another home match this weekend.

He said: "The stats look very impressive and we’ll push on and try to make it as many as possible. I still maintain we can play better. The squad is still evolving.

"We’re still learning how to play the way I want with the new players and how I want to try to get it. I want them to go and excite me.

"It has happened in fits and starts throughout the season. We haven’t really put big chunks of games together where we’ve been dynamic and I’m waiting to see it."

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Cork are the visitors to The Showgrounds, boosted by a 2-1 win over UCD last week and a good opening to their own league campaign.

Baraclough is hoping to see the stingy Rovers defence keep up their guard against the Rebels.

"We can only go and play who we come up against. Cork will be a big test on Saturday. If we keep a clean sheet, I’m confident we’ll go and win a game.

"We’ve looked like keeping clean sheets every game. The back four looks strong, the back five with Gary Rogers and the lads in front of them.

"We’ve defended well as a team. I just think in the attacking side we can still be a little bit better."

A superb attendance of 3,158 was present last weekend as Rovers made it nine wins from nine in all competitions this year.

The manager praised the supporters for getting behind his team and believes it will help the target of extending the winning run.

He said: "It was fantastic. People are wondering what is happening down here again and if we can repeat what we did last year. To get 3,158 last Saturday was phenomenal. 

"Keep coming, the lads certainly appreciate it and I appreciate it. A Saturday night, The Showgrounds, there is no better place in the country. We need the backing.

"Everyone fully appreciates it, hopefully they can drive us forward even better."

 

 

 

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