Rovers 1-0 Longford; Robbo's view
Sligo Rovers manager Dave Robertson says his side will concentrate only on their own run in as the season winds its way towards completion. The Bit O'Red sit five points off Shamrock Rovers in the final European spot with two games of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division to go.
A scenario in which the Hoops lose their last two games of the year against Bray and Longford and Rovers take six points from Derry and Wexford, would see Robertson's charges finish in the last Europa League spot.
Speaking to sligorovers.com after Friday's 1-0 win over Longford, the Rovers boss said that European qualification is an unlikely outcome, but that his Rovers won't let up in their bid to finish fourth.
He said: "It's possible but to get there you would have to rely on other results. All we're doing is focusing on Sligo Rovers. We're away to Derry next, a tough place to go but we've proven we can do it so if we can repeat that and all of the stars align then that's a wonderful thing. But the only thing we can focus on is ourselves."
Kieran Sadlier netted the only goal of the game on Friday as Rovers picked up their 12th league win of the season whilst keeping their fifth clean sheet on the bounce.
On a scrappy game, Robertson added: "It definitely wasn't pretty but our target was to get three points. We started brightly but maybe lost our way. I felt we could have controlled the game a little more and if we had done that then we would have added more to our (score). As it was, it was an ugly win against a team who are organised and who are fighting for their lives. We knew it would be competitive and Longford made it competitive. They threw the kitchen sink at it and had a couple of chances themselves at the end. We knew they'd come here and battle for their lives."
Rovers dominated the opening half against the basement side who will be officially relegated if they fail to beat Dundalk on Monday night. Robertson said he was delighted to pick up the win but commented that his side could have made things a little easier for themselves in the second period as Town pushed for a leveller.
"Our movement and patterns of play were good but I wish we'd done that for longer periods and a bit more often throughout the game. But if you'd said to me, you'll get a professional performance but it won't be pretty, I would have taken it."
Robertson also hinted at further starts for striker Phil Roberts who registered a superb goal to go along with a stellar performance against Dundalk last weekend. Robertson said: "Phil's done well. He'll get a run from here until the end of the season and we'll see where that takes us. But his last two performances have been really positive."