Sligo Rovers boss Owen Heary has remained buoyant, despite his side’s fifth loss in just ten games against St. Pat’s at the weekend.
If the Bit O’ Red fail to win this weekend at home to Limerick then they will have finished the first third of their campaign with just one victory, an unprecedented return from a side which were tipped to contend for European qualification before a ball was kicked.
Speaking to RTÉ however, the Dubliner remains positive about what his side can achieve this year.
“We can pick up. We know we have the players to do it. We have a few out injured, John Russell before the game went off injured, we know once we get our players back then we can push on a bit. And also, some of the younger players are developing more and getting more experienced.
“As the season goes on, we will get more wins. We are all frustrated. The players are frustrated, the whole lot of us, we have put ourselves in this situation and we are the only ones that can get ourselves out of it. So we will keep working hard and push on up the table.”
Sligo, who are currently on seven points will have a massive mountain to climb in the final two thirds of the season. What may also be difficult to deal with now for the Bit O’ Red is that other teams are likely to play with that little bit more freedom and expansiveness, knowing that Rovers are beatable.
Should they still hold ambitions of making the Europa League qualification places they must now make up a massive 13-point deficit.
This looks highly-unlikely for the men from the north-west, who have just one solitary victory under their belt.
Sligo face Martin Russell’s winless side next at the Showgrounds, in a massive game at the bottom.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena
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