Team news for Derry game

Sligo Rovers take on Derry City in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division in The Showgrounds on Friday night, kick-off 7:45pm.

The Bit O’ Red are playing their second match of the season following last week’s game against Limerick. Tickets are on sales at turnstiles or on our website. 

In team news, Rovers will be without Regan Donelon for two weeks due to a hamstring problem. Raff Cretaro is also ruled out with a hip problem. John Mahon is ruled out until April after suffering a knee injury.

Patrick McClean, Calum Waters and Mitchell Beeney joined the club on Wednesday and Thursday. 

The club are continually working to have the trio registered in time for Friday’s game.

Lyttle said: “The focus is to get points on the board. It was a disappointment last week. But I don’t think it was all doom and gloom in terms of performance.  

“There were some positive signs and they lads did some of what we asked. But we need to create more chances and improve on other elements.

“Even before our signings this week, we had good players. Now you see it further with strength in the squad and from the day I came to the club, I’ve wanted it.

“There has been a good feeling around the club this week on the back of the signings and it has lifted us. The players who get the spot in the team know they have to do enough to keep it every week.

“It’s not going to be easy against Derry. They had the same disappointment as us and they’re a very good side. Kenny also has a lot of new players in the squad and they have a lot of quality. 

“We have to improve and we’ve been working throughout the week with that in mind. 

“We'll see where we are with the new boys and if they will be able to figure.”

Kick-off is 7:45pm in The Showgrounds.

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