'It’s important that we keep the tie alive going back to The Showgrounds' - Sligo Rovers boss Ian Baraclough ahead of his side's Europa League tie against Spartak Trnava

Bit O'Red boss praises the positivity of the club and supporters and believes that the Showgrounds faithful can play their part by getting behind the players
Sligo Rovers manager Ian Baraclough has praised the 'great positivity' that has gripped the club since he took over the reins and believes that it can work in his side's favour against Europa League opponents Spartak Trnava.

Speaking to the Irish Times, Baraclough said that it was crucial for his players to ensure that the tie is still 'alive' for the return leg.

“It’s important that we keep the tie alive going back to The Showgrounds next week," he said. "Getting an away goal would be an added bonus.”

He continued: “If we’re within touching distance when the tie goes back to The Showgrounds, then we can get our fans bouncing and behind us. And that would be magnificent for the town and for us.

“All of the factors come into account. We’re flying high at the top of the table, we’re doing well off the pitch with a new stand opening and we’ve done great with the people we’ve re-signed.

“There is a great positivity around the club and if we can take that into a big European night, what a lift that would give to the players and go and get us into the next round,” concluded the Bit O'Red boss.

Sligo Rovers take on Spartak Trnava in the first leg of the Second Qualifying Round of the Europa League tonight, Thursday July 19. Kick off 18.00 BST.