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Monday 23 October 2017

Heary calls on Bit O' Red to show some steel

Owen Heary
Owen Heary

OWEN Heary has told his Sligo Rovers players that they need to cut out the basic errors if they are to lift their their season.

Tipped by many in pre-season to be dark horses in the title race, a new-look Sligo, under new boss Heary, have struggled in 2015, just two points from four league games, and tonight they face the stiffest test possible, away to the champions Dundalk.

Midweek brought more misery for the Bit O'Red as they went down 2-1 at home to Shamrock Rovers but while Heary maintains that it's too early for any panic, he is desperate to see his defence (which conceded seven goals in four games) tighten up.

"The players aren't happy with the results lately but they know that they haven't been playing badly. There has just been small defensive errors which are costing us in games," says Heary (right), the first Dubliner to manage the Connacht club in a decade.

"Those mistakes have cost us points in all four games we have played. But we are playing well. The players have still been getting on the ball, attacking and being positive. It's just the little things, particularly defensively that are costing us."

Dundalk have dismissed all of their opponents so far this season and have yet to concede a goal but Heary is hopeful. "They are a very good side that have been together for three years now and are well tuned in to what they have to do," he says of Dundalk.

"They are the champions and play on the astro pitch so it is a very difficult place to go. But we are going to go there and be positive and look to take the game to them. If we can eradicate the mistakes we have been making then we can take something from the game."

Derry City are another club eager to forget about midweek as Peter Hutton's side, at home to Drogheda United tonight, lost 2-0 at St Pats.

"We must put Tuesday's game behind us and concentrate on this game," says Hutton. "Drogheda poses a couple of major threats, the likes of Daryl Kavanagh and Seán Thornton to name just two, but we know what we need to do."

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