Team news for Derry game
Sligo Rovers travel to the Brandywell on Friday night to take on Derry City in the Airtricity Premier Division.
Derry have beaten Rovers just twice in the last 22 meetings between the sides or three times including a win on penalties.
The penalty shoot-out win was in August 2011 in a EA Sports Cup with the other two most recent wins coming in June and August of 2009.
Jeff Henderson is in line to make his 50th appearance for Rovers in all competitions.
The total unbeaten sequence in league fixtures for the Bit o’ Red in Derry now stands at nine games, stretching back to a 4-1 loss in July 2007.
Seamus Conneely has a groin problem and misses out. Danny North will have a late fitness test on a toe injury.
Gavin Peers (knee) and Raffaele Cretaro (calf) are absent.
Danny Ledwith is back in the squad after overcoming a hamstring problem.
Ian Baraclough said:
“Our record in The Brandywell shows we know how to win there. Last Monday we sat down as a group and looked back on the Shamrock Rovers game. We saw we created chances, we saw we were in the game and didn’t take the opportunities that came our way.
“Looking at how Derry have set up so far, you can see what they are trying to do in frustrating teams and score as they break away. With their experience they are trying to be as solid as possible and if you don’t concede goals you don’t lose games. But the onus will also eventually be on them to come out and try to win the game. We will get chances on Friday night.
“We have be strong enough to come through this run. It isn’t ideal, I do think it will be a much tighter league this season and all of the teams challenging will drop points.
“It’s not difficult to keep positive, to remind the players of why they are at the club and that they can produce performances and score goals that will help us improve our league position. There is a responsibility throughout the team to score goals and there is goals all over the park. They will come, when we get those chances, we have to make them count.
“Joseph returning will help settle the squad and we will wait on Danny before the game to see if he can feature.”