Preview: Rovers at home to Dundalk on Monday

Sligo Rovers face Dundalk on Monday night in The Showgrounds in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division.

The Bit O’ Red play their first league game at the grounds in five weeks and come into the game with back-to-back wins in all competitions – including last Friday 4-2 win over Cork City where Romeo Parkes and Ronan Coughlan both scored twice

In team news, Dante Leverock begins the first of a five-match suspension but will also be on international duty with Bermuda for the next two weeks.

Johnny Dunleavy and Danny Kane have late fitness tests ahead of the game.

Liam Buckley said: “Some of the goals we scored were great on Friday. We played very well. We created quite a few chances and passed the ball as we wanted.

“We want to grow our team into a slick passing outfit and we need to improve that. We are by no means the finish article by any stretch. That said , I’m really pleased with the effort and workrate and the players have shown that throughout the year.

“It was obviously a long trip but we tailored our schedule to try to manage the lads and I’m not worried about tiredness.

“We’ll be ready for the game on Monday and a big week. We’d like to produce more of what we saw on Friday and for the lads to have a right belt at Dundalk and see what we can get out of it. We know how hard it’ll be and what is needed to compete with them.     

“We have a small lead over the teams below us and we’d like to grow it and get as many points as we can.

“With two important home matches this week, I’d love The Showgrounds to be as vibrant and as difficult for the opposition as it can be. The support we’ve received this season has been terrific. “