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The Bit o' Red have dropped off the top of the table and have not picked up a win in four league games, but Baraclough is confident that his team can revive their fortunes

Sligo Rovers manager Ian Baraclough is confident that his team can recover from a blip that has seen them drop to third place in the Airtricity Premier Division.

After beginning the season with eight consecutive league victories, the 2012 Airtricity Premier Division champions recently suffered a downturn in fortunes and have not picked up a win in their last four league games.

Nevertheless, Bit o' Red boss Ian Baraclough said that he was "not worried" about recent results and stressed that his team had to be "big enough and strong enough" to return to winning ways.

"I'm not worried about other results at this moment in time. There is still plenty of points for us to go on and get on the board and win this Premier Division," he told the club's official website.

"Points are being put on the board by others at the moment and we are just picking up a point as we go along. It is a spell we are going through."

He continued: "We have to be big enough and strong enough to play through this period to get back to winning ways and winning regularly. I'm not worried at the moment but I'm disappointed and nobody is more disappointed than me.

"I go home, I take it home, I analyse a game, think about it in my sleep and call me a sad man if you like but I eat, breathe and sleep football and how I can improve things. I'm constantly trying to find ways."

After playing out a 0-0 draw at home to Bohemians, Sligo Rovers will host UCD at the Showgrounds on Saturday, June 15, and Baraclough believes that his players are striving to "be the best".

He said: "Come UCD we will have worked hard again all week. That is what the players do, it doesn't take me to keep banging the drum at them.

"They want to be the best players that they can and I will encourage and guide them anyway I can."

Sligo Rovers will take on UCD at the Showgrounds on Saturday, June 15. Kick off 19:45 BST.