Coleman wants to win back Sligo fans
SLIGO Rovers boss John Coleman wants his players to win the fans back on their side though their season is petering out.
Sligo face Bohemians in a back game tonight, hoping to avoid a third successive league defeat, a once-promising season which started under league-winning manager Ian Barraclough ending limply.
"We have to stick our chest out and go again. We could just curl up in a ball and go away but we won't do that. We have to go out tonight and believe that we can win the game.
"We want a positive result and performance to give the fans," said Coleman as he prepares his side for tonight's game at home to a Bohs side who enjoyed a win over Bray on Friday.
"In our last home game against Dundalk people left the ground enthralled, anyone who wasn't there missed out. We are determined to put on a performance to enthuse the fans," added Coleman, his side beaten 2-1 by Derry City on Friday.
"I thought we were a bit flat in the first half to be honest but then we scored an excellent goal through Eamon Zayed. It was a bad time to concede just before half-time from a silly free-kick as we had been playing well.
"And again conceding just after half-time from a set-piece was disappointing. But we responded well to going behind and I thought we were the better team for the second half.
"We gave it our best but were just unfortunate. Defensive lapses cost us on the night.
"It is difficult to get any rhythm in the team due to the constant injuries and suspensions. They have really derailed our season.
"Losing Alan Keane is a massive blow. He has been excellent for me since I came to the club."