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Peers calls for cool heads as Sligo seek comeback

SLIGO ROVERS defender Gavin Peers has called for cool heads in the Showgrounds tomorrow night as his side try to progress in Europe and earn a dream meeting with former European champions Steaua Bucharest.

Ian Baraclough's men are 3-1 down from the first leg away to Slovakian side Spartak Trnava, so Sligo need a big performance at the Showgrounds if they are to overcome that deficit.

History is not on their side as Sligo have only ever managed one home win in Europe since they first competed in 1977, and that was a win over Maltese side Floriana back in 1994.

A goal by Peers in the away leg last week has given Sligo some hope but needing two goals does leave them with a lot to do.

"We have to keep our cool even if things don't go our way early on. We know we can have the ball, create chances and score against Trnava and we have to be patient to get the goals. If we step it up and play the way we did over there, then we have a great chance," says Dublin-born defender Peers, Sligo's longest-serving player.

"Last week, it was important to get an away goal and thankfully we did. We have to up it a bit this time.

"I thought we played very well over there and I don't think there is a need to go gung-ho for this leg based on that performance. They will try to frustrate us and it is the way they play over there.

"They try to kill the game and it is up to us to do our own thing and not lose our heads," added Peers, who admits that Sligo's defensive record -- five games without a clean sheet -- is not good enough.

"At the moment it seems that anything that is shot towards our goal just hits the net.

"It is our own doing in a lot of instances, to be honest. They are silly mistakes and we have to try to cut them out this week.

"If we don't cut them out then we're not going to go through," says Peers.

"We have to get that right tomorrow or it will be an uphill struggle."