Cup final spirit needed as boss targets win

The defence of the FAI Ford Cup begins on Friday night against Dundalk in Oriel Park and manager Ian Baraclough has said the Bit o' Red must tap into a spirit like the one shown in winning the competition last year.
 
Sunday's defeat to Shamrock Rovers leaves Sligo Rovers in fifth place in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division with the Cup a chance to reinvigorate the season against a Dundalk side very much in-form.
 
Character will be key on Friday night according to the manager and self-belief that they can dump out the league leaders.
 
"We will pick the players up from Sunday," Baraclough said.
 
"We have to learn from where our deficiencies were against Shamrock Rovers but also last week's game as well. 
 
"If we go in there that we are a belief that we're lambs to the slaughter, that's exactly what will happen. 
 
"We're FAI Cup champions. We earned that tag for a reason and none more so than the final at the Aviva that when things weren't going right. 
 
"Did we feel sorry for ourselves or did we go again and we did. 
 
"That was has to happen on Friday, we go to Oriel Park with a belief that one, our individuals are better than what Dundalk are, and two, as team we work really hard together to go and get a result.
 
"We have to have that inner desire to make things happen and make sure we do boss games and punish teams when we are in the ascendancy and have a team where we want them, backing into their own third and ask more questions."
 
Dundalk v Sligo Rovers, FAI Cup second round, Friday 6 June, Oriel Park, 7:45pm
 

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