Team news for Cork game
Sligo Rovers host Cork City in the Airtricity Premier Division on Monday night in The Showgrounds.
The Bit o’ Red have moved to second place in the table after a 2-0 win over Shelbourne on Friday night.
The three points gained in the victory over Shels took Rovers up to second for the first time since the 20th game of the season when a draw with St Pat’s was enough to move up from third.
It has been 588 minutes since a goal was conceded in all competitions in The Showgrounds which was in the Champions League game against Molde.
It also means Rovers have now kept a total of 25 clean sheets this year, that’s 12 more than last season.
The game is a meeting of two of the top three teams in the form table (last six games) with Cork having the league’s best record having won five and lost one with Rovers two points further back with four wins, one draw and a loss in the last six league games.
In team news, Gavin Peers begins a two-game ban for picking up 12 yellow cards this season.
Ross Gaynor is absent with a knee injury . Evan McMillan featured as a late substitute against Shels as he returned from knee surgery.
Manager Ian Baraclough said:
“It was important to give Evan some game time last Friday. He played for 15 or 20 minutes, won his headers and challenges and didn't feel any effect to the injury and that will do him some good.
“We have to improve on our second half performance against Shelbourne to make sure we get three points from this game. Cork will come here and have no fears. They picked up another good victory on Friday
“Since the change in manager they have picked up a good few points for whatever reason and we have to be aware of the threat they bring.
“As long as we keep picking up points then St Pat's have to make sure they do the same. They have to play us and there are some tasty games coming towards the end of the season.
“We have to keep winning games but that is always our target and especially in The Showgrounds. Cork will give us a stern test and we have to come through it.”