Preview: Rovers face Longford on Saturday night

Sligo Rovers meet Longford Town at Bishopsgate on Saturday evening in the SSE Airtricity League.

The Bit O’ Red face Longford for the third time this season.

The previous games ended in 1-0 and 2-0 wins for Rovers, although Town threatened on both occasions in games both teams had good chances. 

Rovers sit third in the table ahead of the remaining teams playing on Friday night. 

Last Saturday saw the next display of the season by Rovers, earning a 4-0 success over Bohemians. 

In team news, Robbie McCourt (wrist) is definitely out. Regan Donelon and Richard Brush are doubtful with hamstring and thigh injuries respectively.

Garry Buckley has now recovered from a muscle complaint and returns to the squad.

New signing Seamas Keogh is awaiting international clearance and it should come in time for this fixture. 

Luke McNicholas is back in training with Rovers after the conclusion of his loan spell with Finn Harps.

Liam Buckley: “We were delighted with the manner of the win last week. We created a number of opportunities and while Bohs were chasing the game in the second half which obviously made it more open, we moved the ball and linked it well throughout. Overall it was a very good performance and we also took some of those chances very well. 

“As I said to the players, it’s just three points and it’s the same three points on offer as in every game you play in this league. We got the result last week and we earned it. We’re going to have to do that again and that’s how we approach it. 

“We know how difficult it is in Longford from the first game. They’ve taken Shamrock Rovers to injury-time on a couple of occasions and both games were tricky for us. 

“We have a couple of knocks so we’ll assess them and we’ll also have the likes of Luke and Seamas too we hope which is great.”

Kick-off is 7.30pm with coverage on LOI TV and Ocean FM.