Preview: Rovers to take on Waterford

Sligo Rovers welcome Waterford FC to The Showgrounds on Monday night in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division.

There is a special offer for this game. Children under-12 will go free if accompanied by an adult. They must be accompanied by an adult or cannot be admited.

Rovers come into the game after their best performance of the season, beating Dundalk 2-1 thanks to goals from Romeo Parkes and Dante Leverock.

In team news Romeo Parkes is doubtful with a hamstring problem while Regan Donelon (illness) missed Friday’s game but is recuperating so he too could feature. A decision on both will be made on Monday.

Ronan Murray serves the second of a four game ban.

Liam Buckley said: “The lads played really well on Friday. There was great commitment from them all. I thought we deserved it over the 90 minutes.

“I was delighted for them all as well because they have all been putting in a serious shift in training as well and we had been under-achieving in results.  

“We just have to push on now and see if we can get something on Monday.

“From our point of view we want to build on our last performance. We saw really good tic-tac play to create the chance for Romeo which was pleasing and overall the number of chances we created was encouraging. That is something that we want to increase over time. We have players capable of scoring goals in a variety of ways and Dante’s winner was a good example.

“The fixture run of so many games is unnecessary but there is nothing that can be done about that now.  Saturday was recovery and we did a small bit of work on Sunday to be ready for this fixture, which we will be.

“We have to get on with it. Waterford are playing their third away game on the bounce and they’ll be keen to get the points. Like every side in this division, they have plenty of strengths. It never gets any easier in this league.

“The manner in which the supporters got behind us when Dundalk were pressing us in those final 15 minutes was tremendous. It made a big difference in helping us get the win.

We’ll need them again on Monday night and I’m sure they will be. We move on from that game and go about trying to get another three points if we can.”