Preview: Sligo Rovers vs Bohemians
Sligo Rovers vs Bohemians
SSE Airtricity League
September 8th, 7:45
Rovers play a second SSE Airtricity League game in four days on Monday night this time at the Showgrounds. Bohemians will be the opposition in a game re-arranged due to due Rovers Europa League involvement.
Kick-off at the Showgrounds is at 7:45 with the Bit o’Red aiming to bounce back from successive defeats in the last two games, the first time that has happened under John Coleman.
Rovers won the only meeting of the sides so far 2-0 in Dalymount Park back in April.
There is still a large injury and suspension list to contend with as Alan Keane (toe) is now out for the season joining Jeff Henderson (foot) as confirmed absentees.
There are also doubts over Gary Rogers who picked up an ankle injury on late last week, Seamus Conneely who is nursing a groin problem and John Russell who has a knee injury.
Danny Ledwith will miss the game after his sending off against Derry City on Friday while Ruairi Keating, Paul O’Conor and Iarfhlaith Davoren serve suspensions for the accumulation of yellow cards.
Speaking on the 2-1 loss at the Brandywell manager John Coleman felt his side were unfortunate not to get something from the game. “I thought we were a bit flat in the first half to be honest but then we scored an excellent goal through Eamon Zayed. It was a bad time to concede just before half-time from a silly free-kick as we had been playing well. And again conceding just after half-time from a set-piece was disappointing. But we responded well to going behind and I thought we were the better team for the second half. We gave it our best but were just unfortunate. Defensive lapses cost us on the night.
“It is difficult to get any rhythm in the team due to the constant injuries and suspensions. They have really derailed our season. Losing Alan Keane is a massive blow. He has been excellent for me since I came to the club”.
Coleman spoke of how well some of the younger players have done well with Ruairi Keating, Regan Donelon and Gary Boylan all featuring in the game in Derry. “We have a few good young players. It’s not ideal to have to blood them all at once but they have been decent. They have good futures in the game.”
After back-to-back defeats he said the players and himself are hurting just like the fans are. “We have to stick our chest out and go again. We could just curl up in a ball and go away but we won’t do that. We have to go out on Monday night and believe that we can win the game. We want a positive result and performance to give the fans.”
“In our last home game against Dundalk people left the ground enthralled, anyone who wasn’t there missed out. We are determined to put on a performance to enthuse the fans.”
Sligo Rovers wins 46
Derry City wins 64
Last three meetings:
8/6/13 Sligo Rovers 0-0 Bohs SSE Airtricity League
9/9/13 Bohs 0-2 Sligo Rovers SSE Airtricity League
21/4/14 Bohs 0-2 Sligo Rovers SSE Airtricity League
Rovers are unbeaten in nine games against the gypsies. That run goes back to a 2-1 win for Bohs in the Showgrounds in August 2011.
In those nine games Bohs have scored just one goal, Derek Pender scoring in a 3-1 defeat in September 2012.
John Coleman has been in charge for six games at the Showgrounds with the only loss being against Rosenborg in the Europa League.
Referee Padraig Sutton
Assistant referees Damien McGraith & Patrick Gleeson
Fourth official Ray Matthews
Tickets for the game will be available at the turnstiles on the night. Prices are as follows:
Child under 12 €5