Thursday 29 September 2016

Sligo don't need 'favours'

Sligo Rovers 0 Bohemians 2

Published 19/10/2015 | 02:30

Mickey Adams said his side can’t rely on other teams to help them out in their bid to avoid relegation
Mickey Adams said his side can’t rely on other teams to help them out in their bid to avoid relegation

Sligo Rovers boss Mickey Adams said his side can't rely on other teams to help them out in their bid to avoid relegation.

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Defeat to Bohemians at the Showgrounds on Saturday means Rovers sit outside the relegation places only on score difference with just two games remaining.

Both Limerick and Drogheda United could have leapfrogged the Bit O' Red had they won at the weekend, but both were also beaten.

"We are not looking for other teams to do us favours, we have got to look after ourselves.

"When you lose at home with the games running out, you have to feel disappointed.

"But we have got to pick ourselves up. We have got two massive games left, so we have to try and put this game to bed, learn the lessons from it and move on."

Rovers could possibly do Bohs a favour by beating St Patrick's Athletic in their next game next Friday in Inchicore.

Saturday's win - secured by headed goals from Ismahil Akinade and Anto Murphy - kept alive the Gypsies' slim hopes of finishing fourth and qualifying for Europe ahead of the Saints.

They would have to win both of their remaining games and hope St Pat's lose all three of theirs if they are to overtake the Richmond Park men, but Bohs boss Keith Long says it is important they try to win their games either way.

"A return of 50 points is good for this team and we have two games left so we are going to do our best to try and win them both," said Long.

"It is still mathematically possible for us to get above Pat's, but it is out of our hands."

Sligo - Brush, Boylan (Ward 55), Keane, Peers, Donelon, Myrie-Williams, Hughes (Cretaro 50), Cawley, Puri, Nielsen (Elding 68), Corcoran.

Bohemians - Delany, Mulcahy, Lopes, Murphy, Buckley, Moore, Caffrey, Wearen (D Byrne 89), Hayes, Kelly (Kavanagh 72), Askinade (J Byrne 78).

Ref - P McLaughlin.

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