Team news for St Pat's game

Sligo Rovers take on St Patrick’s Athletic on Saturday in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division in The Showgrounds

Rovers are six points behind the Saints going into the match – it is the first meeting of the season between the teams due to the away fixture being postponed and scheduled for next month.

In team news, Lewis Morrison has progress quicker than anticipated and could feature in the squad. Michael Schlingermann will not feature due to injury.

Gerard Lyttle said: “Our game plan was working really well in Cork and the performance was good.  I don’t think they had to work too hard for their goal which was disappointing. We didn’t defend that as you would hope. But I thought we played well and we take the positives from it.

“In the two matches we used the squad and all of the players did well. We keep saying it that we have good players here and it’s up to them to hold on to the jersey.

“In between the Limerick and Cork games, I went to St Pat’s against Waterford and I was very impressed by them. They had a bit of everything, they were organised, well-drilled and played really good football. Their squad is one of the best in the league, and had an amount of experience to call upon from the bench as well. We’re in for a tough game.

“Putting in an honest effort, a hard-working shift, the fans getting behind you in The Showgrounds, it’s what Sligo Rovers is about. In the Derry game, we didn’t do it, we let them down as I said.

“We needed a response and got that in Limerick. Now that we’re back in The Showgrounds, it’s a chance to turn around the run we’ve had here."

Saturday’s game also marks one year to the day since Lyttle was appointed Rovers manager.

“I was brought in to keep the club up last season and achieved that. We are working on the second goal which is to stabilise the club and kick-on. This club is set up for big things.

“The infrastructure, the fan base, the backing it gets, but it will take time.

“We’d like to be a further up the table but I feel we are getting there. It will take some years to get to where we want to be in a competitive league but I feel we will.”

Kick-off 7:45pm. 

 

 

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