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Baraclough seeks second spot

IAN BARACLOUGH has challenged his Sligo Rovers side to finish off the league season on a high by aiming for a second-place finish.

Sligo's 3-1 win at home to Drogheda United on Saturday night, their final home game of the season, means the 2012 champions can still finish as runners-up but they need to win their last game – away to Shamrock Rovers – and hope that Dundalk lose away to Bray Wanderers.

That's a big ask but Baraclough has told his players that there's still a lot to play for, with places in the FAI Cup final team on offer as well as that possible runner-up spot.

"The game on Friday is one we want to win, and 90 minutes away from a cup final the players know they can't rest on their laurels," said Baraclough.

"I want second place, that may or may not happen as it depends on results elsewhere but I want to go into that cup final on a real high, and for the players it's the one chance left for them to stake a claim for the team in the cup final."

There was one down side to the win over Drogheda as the goal scored by United ended their run of successive clean sheets at home.

"It would have been seven games on the trot so to lose that record is disappointing, not just for our keeper Gary Rogers but the back four and the whole team as it was some record, no goals conceded at home since July. It was disappointing but we just switched off," the Sligo boss added.