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Sligo target Hoops scalp


Dave Roberton. Photo: Sportsfile

Dave Roberton. Photo: Sportsfile

Dave Roberton. Photo: Sportsfile

Sligo Rovers now have Shamrock Rovers in their sights as Dave Roberton's outfit are now looking up, not down, the table.

Having looked like relegation candidates on the back of a return of just four points from the first eight games, Rovers have turned their season around with three straight wins following Saturday's defeat of Wexford Youths, and confidence is high as they gear up for tomorrow night's test away to Shamrock Rovers.

"It's the first time since April 2014 that Sligo Rovers have won three competitive fixtures in the league on the bounce so from that point of view it's brilliant. What we do now is move on to the next one which is against Shams tomorrow night," says Robertson (left).

In his debut season in the league, the English-born coach was under fire after that poor start but with three straight wins, he feels his side have now bedded in.

"I think that with the game being a physical league I think that in the early games we were a little bit too honest. There was times where the opposition played the referee against us. It's something that we had to learn and adapt to, we were just being honest trying to win the ball back and defend in the right way but we got done on that," he says.

"I have been pleased with how the players have adapted. I think that it can be seen in the last three games that we are growing into a strong team, a strong unit and the cohesion has been really good.

"There is a greater understanding of each other as a group which from our point of view as a group is really pleasing."