Sligo Rovers start a new chapter in their history this Saturday night when Drogheda United visit the Showgrounds as local hero Gavin Dykes takes charge of the Bit O’ Red for the rest of the season. Sligo come into the game after beating Bohemians 3-2 almost two weeks ago.
Dykes has a depleted squad to pick from with Alan Keane, John Russell and Jeff Henderson definitely out. Raffaele Cretaro, Iarfhlaidh Davoren and Reggon Donelon are going to be the subject of late fitness tests after they picked up injuries during the week. On a brighter note Gary Rodgers is back to full fitness. When asked this week about taking over the team Dykes said,
“It is a big honour. I was happy to answer the call and have no problem taking caretaker charge. I am happy to help the club in any way needed. Whatever job is to be done I will do it the best I can.”
Speaking about the threat posed by Drogheda Dykes added,
“Drogheda will be a very tough game. They always make it difficult for us. They have a good setup and are a very physical team. They lost during the week to Derry but they had a lot of suspensions for the game. Damien Richardson is a very experienced manager who has come in and done a great job. I also know Darius Kierins who is a very good coach.”
Drogheda on the other hand come to the Showgrounds after being thumped 5-0 in the FAI Cup during the week. Speaking about that defeat Drogheda manager Damien Richardson said,
“The defeat to Derry was an expected occurrence given the number of suspensions and injuries we had. To be fair to the lads they gave a complete and wholehearted effort and the two late goals gave an unfair gloss on the contest.”
“It’s great to have a game so quickly after a tough defeat and the players are really chomping at the bit to get back playing. Sligo is a very attractive venue with a good team that perhaps will feel they should be higher up the league table. It will be a game in which we will hopefully get back to winning ways, that will be the intention. “
Thankfully for Drogheda they have no suspensions to deal with but they will be without the services of injured trio Gary O Neill, Paul Crowley and Cathal Brady.
Kick-off is at 19:45pm
Odds – Home 4/7 Draw 11/4 Away 9/2
Aaron Cawley, Pundit Arena.