'We have a great chance' - Sligo Rovers defender Gavin Peers confident ahead of Europa League clash

Bit O' Red defender believes that his side can overturn a 3-1 scoreline against Spartak Trnava to progress to the Third Qualifying Round of the Europa League
Sligo Rovers' Europa League Second Qualifying Round clash with Spartak Trnava will see the opening of the brand new Volkswagen Bank End, and Rovers defender Gavin Peers believes that the new-look Showgrounds can inspire Sligo to further success.

"It is big change from when I first came here”, Peers told sligorovers.com. “When I arrived there was The Shed here, and obviously we have the new Volkswagen Bank End and it has all been built on success.

He continued: "We have to keep going and build more. We want to go for it from here until the end of the year.

"We have Europe, we have a great position in the league but it doesn’t really count if we do not build on what we have now."

Sligo sit at the top of the Airtricity Premier Division table, but a disappointing 3-1 loss in Slovakia leaves the Bit o'Red with a difficult task in tonight's Europa League second leg. Peers feels that Rovers can overcome their European opponents, but the team must be patient in their build-up.

“Last week it was important to get an away goal and thankfully we did," said Peers. "We have to up it a bit this time.

"I thought we played very well over there and I don’t think there is a need to go gung-ho for this leg based on that performance. They will try to frustrate us and it is the way they play over there.

He added: “They try to kill the game and it is up to us to do our own thing and not lose our heads. We have to keep our cool even if things don’t go our way early on.

"We know we can have the ball, create chances and score against Trnava and we have to be patient to get the goals. If we step it up and play the way we did over there, then we have a great chance,” concluded Peers.

Sligo Rovers' second leg with Spartak Trnava kicks off at 19.00 BST at the Showgrounds on Thursday, July 26.