Coleman looks for 'bouncing' Showgrounds
Sligo Rovers manager John Coleman has said a “bouncing” Showgrounds can give the Bit o’ Red a big lift in Thursday night’s Europa League second leg with FK Banga.
The tie is 0-0 following the match in Gargdzai last week and leaves Rovers knowing a win can secure a place in the next round of the competition.
The first leg saw Rovers dominate much of possession and control the game, while failing to take chances, and the Lithuanian outfit also created openings of their own on the break.
It leaves a match so well-poised on Thursday and Coleman wants the home support to rock The Showgrounds from early doors.
He said: “I'd like to think we'll be a different proposition at home. It should be a packed Showgrounds. Hopefully we will deliver. I know we are better than what we showed last Thursday in terms of an attacking perspective. Hopefully we'll rectify that.
“FK Banga will feel the prospect of trying to get an away goal will make it more difficult for us. We have to believe that at home with a bouncing crowd behind us, we can really get at them and hopefully our attacking impetus that we have got will come to the fore.
“We want to give the fans something to cheer about and something to be enthused about for the coming weeks.”
For Raffaele Cretaro, he believes the #bitored have the tools needed to overcome the Lithuanian outfit, but it will take a big effort to do so.
Cretaro added: "FK Banga are by no means a bad side. But we have the quality here to go and win. You'll see a different game on Thursday because they will want to go and score a goal and know if they do so, we have to get two.
"I think we have the players and quality to get goals at home. The Showgrounds advantage can be a big one for us. We know we have to be better and take our chances too but we have that belief that we can."
Sligo Rovers vs FK Banga, Thursday 10 July, Europa League first round second leg, 7pm. Tickets on sale Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am to 5pm in The Showgrounds. Adult price €25, children €10.