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Cook calls for Sligo win to pile pressure on title rivals

PAUL COOK has called on his Sligo Rovers players to keep up the pressure on their title challengers by racking up another win at home to Dundalk tonight, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

Sligo can move three points clear of Shamrock Rovers if they can defeat a struggling Dundalk side, though the Hoops currently have a game in hand on Sligo and the league table will be a lot clearer by Thursday morning following Rovers' game at home to Bohemians.

"It is important when you're top of the league to keep the pressure on the teams around," said Cook as Sligo try to extend their four-game winning run.

"We're going well at the minute and I think the players, committee and fans are all on the same page so we will try to keep it going tonight. We had a brilliant crowd against Galway (last Saturday) and I'm sure we'll have the same against Dundalk."

Conor Powell comes in for the suspended Iarflaith Davoren, while Eoin Doyle is pressing hard for a place in the side.

Meanwhile, predictions that UCD will have a big say in the 2011 title race are coming true as the students caused more damage to an outside contender last night.

College, who ended the faint title hopes of Bohs with a 2-0 win last week, made it three wins in a row with a 2-1 defeat of St Patrick's Athletic, a result which harms the Saints' European hopes.

David O'Connor headed UCD in front on 38 minutes before David McMillan put Pat's level on 47 minutes, but the in-form Darren Meenan got what proved to be the winner in the last minute.