'We lacked that real cohesion and understanding' - Sligo Rovers boss Ian Baraclough critical of team performance

The Bit o' Red boss was critical of his team's performance against St Patrick's Athletic in the league and has urged his players to earn a place in the Setanta Sports Cup final
Sligo Rovers manager Ian Baraclough has urged his team to look forward to the next game after the league leaders suffered two defeats in a row.

Sligo lost their first game of 2013 in the Setanta Sports Cup semi-final first leg against Drogheda United, before losing to St Patrick's Athletic at Richmond Park in the league on April 19, where goals from Conan Byrne and Killian Brennan ended the champions' 100 per cent start to the league.

And the Bit o' Red boss believes that it the performance against the Saints on Friday evening was characterised by a lack of "real cohesion and understanding".

"It is not like us at all," Baraclough told the club's official website. "It comes from being happy to go and play sideways and backwards. [We] should be looking for positive balls, looking for things where you can try and create and get in real danger areas."

He continued: "I thought we lacked that real cohesion and understanding. Again, that is not like us because you see us in training, you see us in earlier games and we've been very positive and created stuff in wide areas."

Sligo Rovers will host Mick Cooke's Drogheda United in the second leg of the Setanta Sports Cup semi final on Monday, April 22 and Baraclough is hoping to be "fully prepared" to overturn the 2-0 deficit.

"After a defeat you do want to get back on the pitch," he said. "You do want to rectify things and hopefully the players and certainly myself are fully prepared for an exciting game with Drogheda where you can go and get into a cup final.

"If that doesn’t get people up for something I don't know what does," concluded Baraclough.