Sligo Rovers boss Ian Baraclough wants to maintain 'tremendous' league form

The Bit o' Red suffered a set-back in their Setanta Sports Cup semi-final first leg loss against Drogheda but Baraclough is hoping to continue league form
Sligo Rovers manager Ian Baraclough has urged his team to focus on maintaining their league form as they prepare to face St Patrick's Athletic at Richmond Park on Friday, April 19.

The Bit o' Red boss has insisted that his team must forget about their first leg defeat to Drogheda United in Setanta Sports Cup semi-final and concentrate on earning a "positive result" in the Airtricity Premier Division against Liam Buckley's side.

Sligo's 10-match winning streak was halted by the Drogs on Tuesday, April 16, but the league leaders can make it nine wins from nine in the league should they defeat St Pat's on Friday evening.

"We put [the Setanta Sports Cup] tie to one side because it is back to the league in Richmond Park aiming for a positive result and to keep our tremendous league form so far this season going," Baraclough told the club's official website.

He continued: "It's going to be nip and tuck like the games between the sides were last season. Pat's are at home, the onus is on them and I expect it will be a good game between two footballing sides if the conditions are right."

Joseph Ndo has resumed training and may be fit to face the Saints, but Seamus Conneely and Danny North remain sidelined through injury.

St Patrick's Athletic, meanwhile, will be able to call upon the services of Shane McFaul, who has recovered from a groin injury, but goalkeeper Brendan Clarke will undergo a late fitness test ahead of the game.

The Inchicore side has propelled itself into third place in the league after three consecutive wins andSaints boss Liam Buckley is expecting a "tight and competitive" game against the champions.

"We had three really tight and competitive games with Sligo last year that could have gone either way," he told the club's official website. "I'd expect that to be the same this Friday and in later games in the season."

St Patrick's Athletic host Sligo Rovers at Richmond Park on Friday, April 19. Kick off 19:05 BST.