Sligo Rovers manager Ian Baraclough has said that Shamrock Rovers must be respected as the two teams prepare to meet in the Airtricity Premier Division on Friday, May 3.
Shamrock Rovers currently find themselves in eighth position in the league, having picked up just two wins in 10 games, and they have lost in their last two outings in the Airtricity Premier Division.
However, Sligo boss Ian Baraclough believes that a clash with the league leaders may spur the Hoops on to perform better and stressed that Trevor Croly's team "must be respected".
"A match with opposition like us is something they are probably looking for," he told the club's official website. "When you're trying to recover from a couple of bad results the visit of the league leaders can be seen as a good way to try to recover from it.
"They are a team that must be respected, a squad filled with talented players and it is a tough journey to the capital for us."
Nevertheless Baraclough is expecting a good atmosphere at Tallaght Stadium and is "confident" that the occasion will help his own players to perform to a higher level
"It will be a good atmosphere and it should spur on the players," he said. "We have had a good couple days getting ready and I'm confident that the bigger the game, the better the performance from our players."