Team news for Pat's game

Sligo Rovers play the rescheduled SSE Airtricity Premier Division fixture with St Patrick's Athletic on Tuesday in Richmond Park.

The match was twice postponed because of the weather and forms part of five games in 14 days for the Bit O' Red which concludes this Saturday at home to Shamrock Rovers.

After reaching the semi-finals of the EA SPORTS Cup last week, Rovers were unfortunate to go down to a 2-1 defeat to Dundalk in Oriel Park as Patrick Hoban struck late and Adam Morgan was denied an equaliser in the 95th minute with a clearance from a defender.

Rovers have been hit by injury, with Patrick McClean, David Cawley, Regan Donelon, Raffaele Cretaro and Eduardo Pincelli now joining Michael Schlingermann on the sidelines following that game. 

Gerard Lyttle said: "I thought it was a great performance in Dundalk. We were excellent and we were just switched off with a minute to go and Dundalk made it count. Adam was unlucky not to see the header go in and it was hard to come away with nothing after all the effort the boys put in.

"We were brave, we stood up to Dundalk. I'm sick of saying what belief we have in the players and about the potential in this team. They showed they can put it up to the best teams in the country and it wasn't just about the effort they showed, we played some nice football and kept trying to play. We came away with nothing and we've spoken a lot recently about some of these performances that haven't delivered wins. That's what we have to turn them into. We can do that on Tuesday night I feel.

"The injuries are definitely because of the run of games. It isn't fair and it's not just Sligo Rovers in the situation. We can't train, we can't recover properly, and now we have to cope with six players out for this game because of all the games we've played in a short space of time. There is also the travelling, going to Dundalk last Friday and Dublin on Tuesday and you have to manage that too with workload on the players overall. It isn't ideal and everyone knows something has to be done about it. 

"While we are without a lot of big players for us, we go there in great spirits. The lads trained really well on Monday morning. They took a lot from their performance against Dundalk despite losing so late on. We'll call on some of the Under-19s to add to the squad.

"St Pat's do not change much. They play the right way, they had a good win on Friday night away from home and it's a tough game. But the focus is on us; to go out and show the performance against Dundalk can be repeated, keep a clean sheet, be positive and get the result."

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