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Sligo Rovers v Derry City

Updated: Saturday, 29 Sep 2012 12:52 | Comments

Ian Baraclough's Sligo can open an eight-point gap in the league
Ian Baraclough's Sligo can open an eight-point gap in the league

Sligo Rovers take on Derry City in the Airtricity Premier Division tonight (7.45pm), knowing a win in The Showgrounds will put them on the verge of a first league title in 35 years.

Following last night’s stalemate between Drogheda United and St Patrick’s Athletic, victory tonight would give Ian Baraclough’s men an eight-point lead over the Saints with just four games left.

The Bit o’ Red come into the game on the back of a 13-game unbeaten run in the league and avoiding defeat tonight would set a new club record.

FAI Cup semi-finalists Derry have lost their last four league matches and lie in a disappointing eighth place ahead of the trip to Sligo.

Manager Declan Devine was furious with last week’s 2-1 loss at home to UCD and has called on his players to fight for their future tonight.

He said: "We need to pull back a bit of pride. The performance against UCD will not be tolerated at the club. I want commitment and desire."

The Candystripes will be without Barry Molloy due to suspension. Defenders Simon Madden and Ryan McBride return to the squad.

Rovers will be without Danny North (cruciate ligament), Alan Keane (metatarsal) and Iarfhlaith Davoren (ankle) for the game.

Sligo manager Ian Baraclough is relishing the occasion in The Showgrounds with the biggest league crowd of the season so far expected : "These are type of games that at the start of the season you want to bring to the football club.

“We are right in the mix with five games to go and we have earned the right to be the fox if you like and be chased by other teams.

"Everyone is focused on what we have to do and whatever happens in other matches, our job is to get three points on Saturday.

"There is increasing interest, growing every week with great support for the team. Hopefully we see that again Saturday and we will go about trying to get the result in the manner we’ve done all season."

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