Preview: Strong squad for Rovers for Dalymount clash

Sligo Rovers are looking to make it three wins in succession when facing Bohemians in Dalymount Park on Friday night.

The Bit O’ Red recorded SSE Airtricity League Premier Division victories over UCD and Derry City so far this month.


The games so far this season have yielded two wins for Bohs and one for Rovers.

Kailin Barlow, Max Mata and Stefan Radosavljevic scored the goals for Rovers in The Showgrounds win – one of the best of the season for John Russell’ side.

In team news Fabrice Hartmann and John Mahon have overcome injury. Hartmann missed out last week while Mahon was forced off at half-time. Both are available for selection.

Will Fitzgerald has also made significant progress in his recovery and could be involved in the next matchday squad in three weeks’ time.

Mark Byrne and Gary Boylan are the only two absentees, meaning Russell has the most options available in any game this season.

The Rovers boss said: “It is brilliant that nearly all of our players are available. We made five substitutions in the win over Derry, something we haven’t been able to do a lot of the time this season.

“Everyone made an impact and I thought was evident on the night. We had firepower to bring off the bench and it made a real difference. Stefan got the goal of course and I feel every player made a big contribution all over the pitch.

“I thought the players were excellent. They fed off the crowd who were superb as well and it was a great win over a strong Derry side.

“Bohs have a very good home record so this will be another difficult game. They’re going for Europe and have had a good season.  We’re going there with confidence after back-to-back wins which is something we wanted.

“There is still hurting there though. It’s not just a case of picking up a win or two and being happy with it.

“There is five games to go and we’re in control of what we do from now to the end of the season to get as many points as we can and as many big performances as we can.

“They’re tough games and you see in this league how hard it is to win every week. It has to be our target to keep it going.

“We have to win as many as we can and keep improving in terms of the levels we reach.

“The players have trained well again and we go there looking for three points.“