Preview: Rovers seek return to form against Harps

Sligo Rovers host Finn Harps on Saturday in The Showgounds in the SSE Airtricity League.

All of the club’s season ticket holders will be present at the game with the attendance increased to 800 for the match at the traditional 7:45pm on Saturday night slot in Sligo.

The match is available on LOITV.

Rovers have edged the two games with Harps so far this year by one goal, 1-0 and 3-2, and sit in third place in the league.

Exits from the Europa Conference League and the FAI Cup were part of four defeats in July for the Bit O’ Red.

Rovers had a vacant weekend last week due to the postponement of the match with Dundalk so they return to the Showgrounds determined to bounce back from the disappointing period.

In team news, Robbie McCourt will miss out (wrist). He will come into consideration later this month.

Danny Kane is doubtful with a hamstring injury.

Ed McGinty is fit again and available to play.

John Mahon and Niall Morahan had injuries from the FAI Cup game with Cork City but have recovered and are available.

Liam Buckley said: “We’ve been anxious to play a game in truth. We’ve trained a lot the last two weeks and the lads have applied themselves well. The extra week has allowed us to get more players fully recovered and from a squad point of view, we’re in a good place going into Saturday with greater numbers.

“It was a bad month in terms of results. We have to look forward because there is no point looking back on what is gone.

“We’ve got 16 games to come in the league and it’s all to play for. We know looking at the table that anything is possible and a couple of positive results will go a long way keeping in mind the proximity of the two teams above us.

“Finn Harps are in need of the points as well so it’s going to be a really competitive game.

“We’re all in this together at this club and I know our supporters want to see the team at their best. They know if the team can be at it, then we’ve a very exciting few months to come.

“Our focus is on that and we’ll be doing all we can to get the result on Saturday. It is important we respond and find a result and performance so we look forward to the game.”