Thursday 27 October 2016

Bit O'Red are up for Bohs test

Raff Cretaro
Raff Cretaro

Having dismissed one Dublin club last weekend, Sligo Rovers now have Bohemians in their sights as the most in-form side in the league edge closer and closer to European qualification.

That dismal early-season form of eight games without a win is now a memory for Sligo, who came from behind to beat Shamrock Rovers 3-2 on Friday night and with the Bit O'Red unbeaten in seven, Dave Robertson's side could move into the top four if results go their way tonight, including a win away to Bohemians.

Recent signings Daniel Kearns and Achille Campion have been on song while 34-year-old Raff Cretaro has also been on top form, giving boss Robertson confidence.

"We are expecting a tight, physical battle. We know that going to Dalymount Park we are going to have to earn the right to play," he says.

"There is a physical element to their game that we are well aware of.

"They are on 26 points currently so they have a lot to do to match their total from last year, so it will be interesting to see their approach. It will be a physical game but the team have learned to handle that and when we do we can then put our style on the game and hopefully come away with a positive result," he added, the Sligo boss pleased with the weekend win over the Hoops.

"It is an important step for us coming from behind as we did to beat Shamrock Rovers. It is important for a team in any sport to show what they can do when their backs are against the wall. It is in those tough times that you develop character," he says.

"I am really pleased with the character that we showed on Friday night. It showed the confidence in each other that we have in the team. But we have to keep working hard so that we do score the first goal in future games."

Meanwhile, Shamrock Rovers hope to end a two-game losing streak when they welcome Wexford Youths to Tallaght Stadium tonight, as their European ambitions suffered a blow with Friday's 3-2 loss to Sligo.

"We have to be confident," says Rovers boss Stephen Bradley. "We have to go into the game and believe in ourselves and what we have, we have to take the positives from Friday, for Seán Boyd's goal it was a great move and a great finish from Seán, the first half performance was very good, we controlled the game.

"There were lots of positives for sure and we'll go and take them into this game."

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