Preview: Rovers head for Inchicore

Sligo Rovers face St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday night at Richmond Park in the SSE Airtricity League.

Rovers, in second place, are three points ahead of the Saints going into the game. The match will be on LOITV.

The teams met earlier this season when a stoppage time goal by Ian Bermingham cancelled out Jordan Gibson’s penalty.

Rovers have six wins and a draw from seven away games so far. The Bit O’ Red were beaten 2-1 by Drogheda United last week in The Showgrounds in what was a second defeat of the season.

In team news, Garry Buckley will have a late fitness test on a muscle injury.

David Cawley is available again. Regan Donelon is also fit having missed the game last week.

Darren Collins has returned to training but this game comes too soon for him. Romeo Parkes is back from suspension.

Liam Buckley said: “We were disappointed last week in losing to Drogheda. We know we won’t win every game, but we do want to play better.

“We want to respond to that and bounce back. Once the game is over, all you can do is put the focus on the response and we have an opportunity here.

“It is a difficult one and we want to compete well. Pat’s will have a similar approach and it will be keenly-contested certainly. They’ve had a good season and there’s just three points between the teams

“We have done well away from home and we’d like to continue that. We’ll check on Garry Buckley, while we know we definitely have Dave Cawley and Regan Donelon back.

“Darren will come into the equation soon and Romeo has served his one game.”