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Sligo boss calls for patient approach

SLIGO ROVERS boss Ian Baraclough has called on fans to be patient tonight as his side try to get past Belfast outfit Crusaders and into the Setanta Sports Cup final.

Sligo have won five of their six home games in all competitions this season and they need a big victory if they are to overhaul the Crues' 2-0 lead from the first leg and qualify for the final.

Rovers left it late to nab a win away to Cork City in the league last Friday, and Baraclough says that fans may have to wait again tonight for the goals to come.

"Obviously it is important we don't concede the first goal.

"I feel we're capable of scoring two goals in any game at any time and if it comes in the last 10 minutes or whenever then so be it. We have to keep patient and go about our business," said the Sligo manager.

"The players were frustrated after the first leg and we didn't show the true Sligo side and there is a lot of determination to do it in this game.

"I think it is important for the supporters to keep with us but as I've said before, the fans here are quite knowledgeable and they know the way we play.

"There is an understanding of what we try to do and we'll do all we can to get to the final," he concluded.