Preview: Derry City v Sligo Rovers
Derry City V Sligo Rovers
SSE Airtricity League
September 5th 2014
Sligo Rovers travel to take on Derry City in the Brandywell on Friday in the SSE Airtricity League at 7:45pm. The Bit o’Red will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Shamrock Rovers. Just three points separate the two north-western clubs on the table with Rovers just ahead of Derry in fifth position.
This will be the first of two games in the space four days with this fixture being followed by a home game against Bohemians on Monday night.
In team news Raffaele Cretaro and Iarfhlaith Davoren returned last week and will be fit. John Russell is a doubt for the trip to the Brandywell because of injury.
Long-term absentees Jeff Henderson and Daryl Kavanagh remain on the injured list.
The Bit o’Red will be without Gavin Peers as he serves a one game suspension for the accumulation of four yellow cards.
Alan Keane and Danny Ledwith are welcomed back from bans served last week, with Ledwith also overcoming a head injury picked up against Bray last month.
Manager John Coleman said: “It’s a bonus to have players coming back to the squad and it gives us more options for the game but it’s a shame that Gavin Peers is out through suspension”.
Sean Maguire has returned to West Ham at the end of his loan spell Coleman said: “He’ll be missed. He was just coming into good form for us.
“I was disappointed with how we performed against Shamrock Rovers. Even though we had a limited amount of players to choose from we prepared the players right but we just didn’t perform on the night. If you compare the performance to how we played the previous week against Dundalk it was like chalk and cheese. But these things happen in football. It will be difficult to finish fourth now but we have to keep going and see how many games we can win between now and the end of the season.
“Derry will be a tough game, they are in form and have had some good results but we showed against Cork and Dundalk that we can play well against the better teams.
"Playing two games in four days will be tough but you have to accept that as a footballer. Players prefer to be playing games than training at this stage of the season so we have no qualms about that.”
Sligo Rovers wins 18
Derry City wins 16
Last three meetings:
4/4/14 Derry City 1-0 Sligo Rovers SSE Airtricity League
5/5/14 Sligo Rovers 0-1 Derry City EA Sports Cup
13/6/14 Sligo rovers 2-2 Derry City SSE Airtricity League
Rovers last visit to Derry ended in a 1-0 loss. It brought to an end a run of nine games undefeated at the Brandywell stretching back to July 2007.
Iarfhlaith Davoren could make the 250th appearance of his career if he lines out against the Candystripes. Striker Danny North can play his 100th League of Ireland game, he has 46 goals so far between his time at St. Pat’s and Rovers.
The 1-0 defeat last week against Shamrock Rovers was the ninth of the season in the SSE Airtricity League. Eight of those nine defeats have had a 1-0 scoreline.
Referee David McKeon
Assistant referees Alan Sherlock & Darragh Keegan
Fourth official Darren Combes
There will be live Radio commentary of the game on Ocean FM (www.oceanfm.ie) and we will have match updates on our Twitter account (@sligorovers).