Preview: Rovers face Longford on Monday night

Sligo Rovers host Longford Town on Monday night in the Showgrounds as the Bit O’ Red play their penultimate home game of the SSE Airtricity League season.

Rovers recorded a 2-0 success over Drogheda United last Friday in what was the seventh home league win over the year.

One of those victories was a 2-0 win against Longford earlier in the year, while Liam Buckley’s side earned 1-0 victories at Bishopsgate.

Rovers sit in third place in a congested league table. Last week’s win brought up the 50-point mark for the Bit O’ Red – the first time this total has been reached since 2013.

Johnny Kenny scored his ninth goal of the league season on Friday, now top scorer for the club this season.

In team news, Shane Blaney is back in training after his foot injury. Regan Donelon, Colm Horgan and Danny Kane are doubts with injury, with Donelon the most likely to be available.

Liam Buckley said: “I feel over the last two matches we have dominated for nearly all of the 90 minutes. We were a bit more composed last Friday and in our general play we kept the ball better.

“We had numerous chances on the night, scored two goals again, and I felt we were well worthy of the three points.

“We had to put a shift in. Drogheda were organised and worked hard. We know it won’t be easy on the run-in, it was just one result, but we’re well in the mix.

“We know this race has four matches to go in what is a difficult, difficult league. The effort was terrific last week and last Friday. The lads will be eager to get back on the pitch.

“We’ve done our best to recover. Every club is in the same boat with the Friday-Monday scenario, including Longford, and you just get on it with it.  

“Longford have been a difficult opponent all year and for me their points total doesn’t reflect just how well they have competed. They’ve given us several tough games so we know what to expect.”