Team news for Pat's game

 

Sligo Rovers travel to Richmond Park to take on St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday night in the Airtricity Premier Division, kick-off 7:05pm.

The Bit o’ Red are aiming for a ninth successive league win to start the season, which would be the best start since Shamrock Rovers won the first 11 in 1965/66 and the joint-fourth best start in the history of the league.

Rovers were beaten in the Setanta Sports Cup semi-final first leg in Drogheda, going down to a 2-0 defeat.

The Bit o' Red have won all four away games in the league so far, the last team to win five away games in a row in the Premier Division was opponents St. Pats in 2011.

Joseph Ndo is in contention but Danny North (knee), Seamus Conneely (knee) and Ciaran Kelly (fractured sternum) miss out.

Ian Baraclough said: “We were always going to have that knock back and it came on Tuesday. There is still a chance for us in the tie with another 90 minutes to play in The Showgrounds. There was disappointment amongst all the players and that the goals came from our own mistakes, if you like. We weren’t opened up and you can’t afford to concede goals that way or you can lose games.

“We put that tie to one side because it is back to the league in Richmond Park aiming for a positive result and keep our tremendous league form so far this season going. 

“It’s going to be nip and tuck like the games between the sides were last season. Pat’s areat home, the onus is on them and I expect it will be a good game between two footballing sides if the conditions are right.

“They’ve been playing catch-up with the postponed fixtures but have won most of their games, it is a similar squad to last season, they’ve kept the same shape and have some top quality players.

“It was an ideal opportunity for us to give some players 90 minutes last Tuesday, it allows more options on Friday because I was happy with the fitness of some of the players that were brought  in.

“It gives more choices for Friday and there are no new injury concerns so we travel with good numbers. Joseph is back in training and getting sharper, whether Friday comes too soon is something we will make a decision.”

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