Preview: Rovers meet Bohs in front of RTÉ cameras

Sligo Rovers host Bohemians on Friday night in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division in The Showgrounds in a match to be broadcast live on RTÉ2, kick-off 7:45pm.

Rovers earned a first draw of the season last week against St Patrick’s Athletic, and extended an unbeaten run to five matches in league and Cup.

The Bit O’ Red are in fifth position in the table, with Bohs three placed and five points ahead.

In team news Danny Kane (ankle), Darren Collins (ankle), Sigitas Olberkis (hamstring) and Johnny Dunleavy (knee) are out. Niall Morahan serves a one-game suspension for the red card last week.

Manager Liam Buckley said: “Given it wasn’t a performance we were happy with last week, a point was important for us. It’s a congested table so every result counts.

“This is another six-pointer, a good result could put us right up there again. We have to eke out as many results as we can, it is something we’ve said to the players from the start of the season. It makes all the difference. This is a stiff test, but one we are looking forward to.

“We’re expecting a tight game. One thing we would like to do compared to last week is keep possession better and use it better. That sort of improvement will be important.

“We can’t affect what Bohs do, except by imposing ourselves on the game, our focus is on producing an overall performance from our end.

“I’m delighted to have our supporters back with us, even if it is only 100. They’ve been with us every step of the way this year, even when we haven’t seen much of them because of the circumstances. We’re certainly aware of the support they give us.

“Having 100 of them behind us will mean something. In this short truncated season, we have to be grateful for every occasion.

“We know there’ll be plenty watching on television and online so we’re going to try to put in the performance for them as well.”

Kick-off is 7:45pm. Supporters who have been issued match info following successful ballot for tickets should follow advice given. No other supporters can be admitted. The match is live on RTÉ2 and WATCHLOI.