Preview: Rovers host St. Patrick’s Athletic on Monday night

Sligo Rovers host St. Patrick’s Athletic on Monday night at The Showgrounds at 7.45pm in our second home game of the season.

The Bit O’ Red had two away games on the bounce in the last week or so with a win over UCD followed by a narrow 1-0 defeat on Friday in Drogheda.

Tomorrow’s game sees Dubliners St. Patrick’s Athletic visit in a game which is usually fiercely contested and will again be played in front of a large Showgrounds crowd.

Bit O’ Red Manager John Russell is looking forward to being back at The Showgrounds:

‘’St Pat’s have brought in a lot of quality players over the off season.

‘’Last season our games against them were always tight affairs and we’re expecting no different tomorrow night.

‘’We were very disappointed with our performance against Drogheda last Friday.

We reviewed the game and identified areas where we need to improve.

‘’This game on Monday gives us the perfect opportunity to bounce back. I know the quality we have in the squad and, we’ve seen positive signs in our first two games.

‘’The key for us moving forward is getting a consistent level of performance.

‘’It’s great to be back at The Showgrounds after the two away games. The atmosphere for our last home game was electric. We’re expecting another big crowd roaring us on’’.

St. Patrick’s Athletic have picked up the same number of points as Rovers in their opening three games with a draw, a win and a defeat respectively, the latest coming on Friday night against Dundalk at Oriel Park.

In team news, Greg Bolger is a doubt with a thigh strain. Conor Walsh will again be assessed closer to kick off following illness and injury over the past week and Rovers continue without Garry Buckley, Mark Byrne and Gary Boylan (all Knee).

Supporters can buy tickets online or at the turnstiles.

Children’s tickets are not available online and will only be sold on the turnstile if accompanied by a paying adult.

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