Sligo Rovers midfielder Greg Bolger admitted that his side weren't at their best against Longford Town but isn't overly concerned as long as the results keep coming in their European chase.

Lewis Banks' injury-time winner was perhaps harsh on Longford but it provided a huge victory for the Bit O’Red who are now seven points clear of fourth-placed Derry City and seemingly closing in on European qualification.

It’s been a pivotal five days for Sligo who battled their way to a 2-0 win over Drogheda on Friday and while two games in quick succession took a toll on the players, those wins have left them on the edge of securing a top-three finish.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Bolger admitted that there were some tired legs in the Sligo team but he was delighted with the level of fight they showed.

"We had to dig it out, obviously we had a game Friday and it was tough," he said. "The pitch was heavy on Friday and tonight as well.

"We were nowhere near the standard we want to be tonight or on Friday but those ones are sweet, when you’re not playing well and you dig it out last minute.

"But look, we’ve played a lot better this year and lost games.

"It’s sweet, it’s done and it’s probably hard for Longford to take, they were well in the game like they have been all season. It’s harsh on them but we kept plugging away and a few substitutions with fresh legs came on and made an impact."

With three games to go European qualification is firmly in Sligo's hands.

They take on St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday in a game that will be shown live on RTÉ and Bolger is adamant that his team aren’t looking at results elsewhere and are solely focused on their own run-in.

"It’s just a case where we need to look after our own house," he said. "We need to go out and put the performances in and dig out results.

"At this stage it’s about getting wins, getting results, getting points and fighting and scrapping for every point.

"There was a part of the season this year where we probably lacked that bit of fight when we were in a bad period.

"If we had a shown a bit more fight and a bit more grit over that period to get winning... we went too long without picking up wins. But that’s done now and this is where we’re at and we need to keep plugging away.

"On Friday night I thought we were good without being brilliant but we got the win and then obviously tonight we had tired legs. The same team started and it was a case of get the result by hook or crook and that’s what it’s about at this stage of the season.

"We’ve three games left. St Pat’s on Friday it’s going to be a tough one, a different kind of game but we just have to go meet it head on and see how we go."

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