Tuesday 10 December 2019

Buckley wants Sligo steel

Sligo boss Liam Buckley
Sligo boss Liam Buckley

Liam Buckley want his Sligo Rovers side to show they have the stomach for a fight as they push on for the top half of the table.

Aside from a 4-0 loss to champions Dundalk, Sligo have been one of the form sides of the league for the last two months, especially at home as they are unbeaten in the last six games at the Showgrounds.

Cork City, a side looking to shrug off their own trouble on and off the field, visit Sligo this evening but Buckley, who is without defender Dante Leverock as he on international duty with Bemuda's senior side, is keen to see an edge from his players who had to settle for a draw away to St Patrick's Athletic last week.

"These are games where it's hard and you have to fight and dig in.

"Out-working your opponent is key to coming out on top and both teams will know that. That's the basic for any match in this division," said Buckley.

"We put in a good shift last week and while it was disappointing not to come away with the win, the endeavour was good and we'll look for that again. It was a hard game in Cork and we came away with a point and I have no doubt how hard it will be again.

"We feel we are capable of improving on the game earlier in the year and have the players in our ranks to create something and take the chances to come away with a win."

Cork boss John Cotter said: "Sligo is always tough, but we've had a decent record away from home this year. Whether you're in Turner's Cross or away from home, the main thing is that you do your work."

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