Sligo Rovers manager Liam Buckley has said there is more to come from his side after they made it back-to-back wins since the resumption of SSE Airtricity Premier Division.

Sligo had been at the foot of the table having lost their first four matches before the league was halted, but have toppled Derry City and Shelbourne in the last two games.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport after the 2-1 success in The Showgrounds, Buckley said: "I know we won last week and tonight, but there is still improvement in this group.

"We still have a couple of players to come back in. We need to find our way of playing. There is much more in this group. Hopefully we can grow into it and push on.

"I was delighted with the effort put in again. It was a bit scrappy at times but nonetheless it was an important win to get us up the league table.

"You couldn't ask for more with the goal early on. Ryan De Vries did fantastically on the left and in fairness to Jesse he took up a great position to score.

"You feel more comfortable with the second goal, but you knew they weren't going to sit back. Ian Morris was changing bits and pieces, went 3-5-2 and made their five substitutes.

"It was important we stuck at it. They scored late and we just needed to see it out. It was a really good win for us."

Jesse Devers heads home the first goal for Sligo Rovers

The victory sets up a massive game next Friday against Cork City – the side that have taken over the automatic relegation place – and Buckley is envisaging another close encounter.

The Sligo boss stated: "There isn't an easy game in this league, honest to God. I'm sure other teams are looking at us and saying 'we are bottom of the table'. We'll be competitive, as will Shels, Waterford, Cork, Finn Harps.

"We'll all be competitive because we are fighting to get out of the bottom end of the table. That said, we have another difficult game going to Cork now, we're looking forward to that. We'll have another one or two players back from injury I think. We're getting closer to our full quota."

One huge lift for Buckley is the news that Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe will join their squad after spending time in quarantine following his surprise signing for the Bit O' Red.

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"Junior will be available for us. He was top scorer in the league last year. We’re looking forward to getting him in and he will be a big addition to the group going forward."

Shelbourne manager Ian Morris said the home side were "better individually and moved the ball better than us" as he spoke about his disappointment in shipping a goal inside the first minute.

"I don’t think we can complain," he said.

"To concede after 30 seconds is not good enough. We had a big rally cry, you do all your talking in the changing room before the game about being focused, staying in the game and being hard to beat, and then you give away a goal like that.

"The movement is exactly like we worked on, we spoke about Coughlan pulling out into those areas. It knocks the stuffing out of you straight off. The second goal is a second ball in our six yard box.

"At 1-0 I thought we had created chances. I thought Ryan Brennan should have scored in the first half, Aaron Dobbs had a header he should have connected with in the second half, Jaze Kabia’s from the edge of the box where he gets in one versus one and should hit the target.

"We have had chances and didn’t take them. Both boxes let us down."

Ian Morris rued the concession of the goals 

Shels have had a mixed start, with three wins and four defeats. Derry City are the visitors to Tolka Park next week.

Morris concluded: "I think from week to week you’re going to see teams jump up and down the table. It is about staying in there and having the grit and determination to grind results out at times.

"That is what it is going to be for us this year. We have to be really resilient and not concede goals like that and put balls in at the other end.

"It will be a tough game against Derry.

"Derry have recruited really well, they have that financial power to bring good players into the club. We’re confident going into every game.

"If we eradicate those silly individual errors we can certainly stay in games and hopefully stick the ball in at the other end."