Team news for Waterford game

Sligo Rovers travel to Waterford on Friday in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division.

In team news, David Cawley misses out with injury while Rhys McCabe returns from suspension.

Gerard Lyttle said: “I don’t think we performed over the whole game. It wasn’t first half or second half. It was the 90 minutes. We thought we were set up for a big performance in front of our home supporters but we didn’t deliver it. Some of the disruptions didn’t help, not that it can be an excuse.

“David Cawley was struggling throughout the week and maybe we shouldn’t have played him in hindsight. There weren’t too many options with Rhys out and others struggling.

“He’ll not take part on Friday. Jack Keaney didn’t train for a couple of days that week and Kyle Callan-McFadden had to drop down to the bench prior to kick-off because his ankle didn’t feel right.

“But it’s not an excuse as I said. We had a team out there to win the game and we didn’t adapt to the conditions on the night either.  We might have earned a draw but you can’t have too many complaints overall when you don’t play well.”

Look ahead to the Waterford game: “We want to go there and win. We have this away record and we’d like to add to that. There is a target we’ve set from now to the end of the season and we’ll need wins to achieve it.  Firstly we still require a result or two to mathematically guarantee our place in the division. But pride, points, and showing we’re a better team that our current position is important.

“Waterford have a huge budget, they’ve got players on the bench that would get into so many top teams and that tells you all you need to know about how difficult it is going down there.

“We did really well down there earlier in the season, taking a point, and we’d like a similar performance. It was disappointing last week and the boys are keen to go out and respond to that so it’s a game we’re looking forward to.”