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Preview: Sligo Vs St Pat's (06/03/23)

The Showgrounds will host the meeting of Sligo Rovers and St Patrick's Athletic on Monday night as a busy start to the new League of Ireland season continues.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm with some away tickets still available via the Sligo Rovers website HERE ,while the match will also be live on LOITV.

The Saints will be looking to bounce back from a 5-0 defeat against Dundalk at Oriel Park on Friday night while Sligo Rovers are on the hunt for points too, John Russell's side lost 1-0 at Drogheda United last time out.

It's been a draw, a win and a defeat for each side so far in 2023, both clubs come into the game on four points from their opening three matches.

St Pat's drew 1-1 with Derry on the opening night before a 1-0 win v Shels and that loss in Dundalk while Rovers began their campaign with a 1-1 draw with Shamrock Rovers before a dramatic 3-2 win away to UCD and a defeat at Head In The Game Park.



Head To Head

St Pat's most recent visit to The Showgrounds was last October, an Aidan Keena penalty helped the Bit'O Red to a 1-0 win while the other match in Sligo ended 1-1.

The teams won one match each in Inchicore.

Sligo won the first meeting between the sides last season 2-1, that was the second game of the campaign at Richmond Park, while Pat's came out on top in the other game thanks to Serge Atakayi's first goal for St Pat's which secured a 1-0 triumph.

There has been late drama at The Showgrounds in recent times too, Ian Bermingham's 97th minute header secured a point for The Saints in May 2021.



"We want to bounce back quickly" - Clancy

Manager Tim Clancy said

"We know our performance in Dundalk on Friday was not good enough, we conceded really soft goals at really bad times and we know we need to improve.

We've got another game against Sligo tomorrow and we've got to bounce back quickly and try to get the three points.

Our supporters travelled up to Oriel Park on Friday night in big numbers again and what they saw wasn't good enough so we are looking for a massive reaction for ourselves and for the fans.

We want to put in a positive performance and get a positive result up in Sligo, the games against them last season were tight.

We've been back in training on Saturday and Sunday preparing for the game and we've watched their last couple of matches so we know what to expect and we are planning to put things right tomorrow night."


Team News:

Goalkeeper Danny Rogers dislocated and fractured his thumb in the warm up before the game against Shelbourne ten days ago and will be out of action for around six weeks, Harry Brockbank (calf) is a little bit away from a return while Adam Murphy (achilles) is back running and could return to action soon.

New goalkeeper Dean Lyness was on the bench in Dundalk while fellow newcomer Axel Sjoberg (defender) is also available for selection.

Image credit: Inpho Sports

Be sure to visit the St Pats store and check out our Umbro League of Ireland merchandise.

Next Fixture

Waterford / April 19th @ 7:45pm
Competition: League
Venue: Richmond Park
 
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Founded in 1929 the 'Saints' are the current FAI Cup holders and play in the Premier Division of the SSE Airtricity League at Richmond Park, in Inchicore Dublin 8, Ireland.

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