Team News: v Shamrock Rovers

John Russell has called on the Sligo public to again come out in their numbers in support of Sligo Rovers on Saturday night as we host Shamrock Rovers at the Showgrounds.

Over seven thousand people packed the Church Hill Road venue for Rovers’ first two home games this season as – hoping for another bumper crowd this weekend – Russell’s men face into their biggest challenge of the season, against the Hoops.

John Mahon is Rovers’ only absentee as he continues to recover from a long-term injury. 

Speaking ahead of the game which gets underway at 7.45pm, Russell looked back on a fabulous five goal win in Dundalk on Monday, whilst acknowledging the dangers now posed by a Shamrock Rovers side chasing their fifth title on the spin. 

“It was vital to pick up the three points on Monday night in what is such a tight and competitive league”, he said. 

“We’ve shown a real hunger and desire in all our games so far but against Dundalk we managed to add that ruthlessness in the final third.

 “We know the quality Shamrock Rovers bring coming into the game this Saturday. They have players that can hurt you all over the pitch. They have set the benchmark for the past few seasons but it’s important that we focus on ourselves.

“I have such believe in this group of players and staff. If we continue to work hard and improve our connections we will get our rewards over the course of the year.

“I know our supporters look forward to this game every year so we’re expecting an electric atmosphere on Saturday. The players really feed off that energy in the stands so we will need them right behind us all night.”

Supporters are encouraged to purchase their ticket below, as it is expected to be another full house on Saturday night.