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Monday 23 October 2017

Miracle needed to save Sligo's Euro bid

SLIGO Rovers fear that they will need to win every game between now and the end of the season to give themselves a chance of European football again next season, writes AIDAN FITZMAURICE.

Fans and players at the Showgrounds are still assessing the damage from Thusrday's Europa League battle with Rosenborg, as somehow Sligo turned around a 3-1 aggregate lead at one point into a 4-3 loss and a Euro exit.

Already out of the FAI Cup, Rovers need a top-three finish to secure a place in Europe again next term, their first test at home to Limerick tomorrow (7pm), but midfielder Paul O'Conor admits that his side need to go on a winning run to be back in Europe. "We need a run, we need points and we need them fast, we can't afford any slip-ups now," says O'Conor, aware that Sligo have managed just one win in the last six league games.

"It will take something like winning all our matches, it's a tough task but you have to believe you can do it.

ATMOSPHERE

"Thursday night at home to Rosenborg was brilliant, I have never seen an atmosphere like that before and we need more nights like that at the Showgrounds.

"It's a big ask now for us to finish in the top three, it looks like we will need a long winning streak and that's going to be hard to do but we have to try.

"We are running out of games because of the bad run we have had in the league and we are playing catch-up on the likes of Cork and Dundalk, and we have Shamrock Rovers and St Pats ahead of us as well," added O'Conor, still hurt by the Euro defeat to Rosenborg.

"We let a pretty good opportunity slip, we had won the away leg 2-1 and went in front on the night but basic errors gave them their goals and got the back into the game. The goals were self-inflicted. We didn't make them work for their goals, we worked hard for all of the goals we scored against them but we just gifted chances to them, we made it too easy."

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