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Cook seeks fans' support to drive Sligo's dream double

SLIGO Rovers boss Paul Cook (pictured) has called on the club's fans to play their part as Rovers make a push for a league and cup double.

Sligo secured a place in the last four of the FAI Ford Cup with Monday's 1-0 win at home to Shamrock Rovers. With that semi-final still three weeks away, the team turn their focus on the league tonight, with a game away to Drogheda United. Sligo are only a point behind leaders Derry City, who are not in league action this weekend. The Sligo supporters helped the side get through Monday's Cup win over the Hoops and Cook wants the same from the travelling fans in Drogheda tonight.

"I'm genuine when I say our fans can play as big a part as anyone in the team in the last few matches. We had 3,000 fans turn out last Monday. When you see the reception they gave our team at the start of the game, this is what you want to be involved in," said Cook. "The message is that getting behind us like that is a huge lift for the players and they need it at this stage of the season. It can make a difference.

"You never know in football because this opportunity may never come around again so we need that every game until the end of the season.

"I think anyone who follows our team sees the players never let us down for effort. "It was the case last Monday because we battled for that win and it has been the same over the season.

"I want to look back at the end of the season and, even if we don't win end up winning the league, know that we did our best. That is all you can ever do and, as a club, it is the target for the rest of the season," added the Sligo boss.