Thursday 18 January 2018

Cook fears Sligo have too much on their plate

Sligo Rovers manager Paul Cook believes his side are becoming victims of their own success.

Rovers have a crucial league game against title-chasing Bohemians at the Showgrounds tomorrow night -- sandwiched between Saturday's FAI Cup quarter-final against Monaghan United and next Saturday's EA Sports Cup final against the same opposition.

Rovers also played two games in four days the weekend before, and Cook said that it is a testing time for his squad.

"It's difficult for the FAI, they have to get games played, but we have now played last Friday, then Monday and Saturday and now Tuesday again before the final next weekend and it is getting difficult for us.


"But I accept that it gets difficult for everyone. We are doing our best to finish the league in the highest possible position we can.

"We want to be in Europe next year and we are going to have to regroup fast and come out and try to beat Bohemians, which is going to be very difficult because they are a good side."

First Division leaders Monaghan have been in superb form recently, but came undone against Rovers on Saturday.

Alan Keane opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 25 minutes, and Romauld Boco doubled that advantage less than a minute into the second half, after some sloppy defending from the visitors.

Substitute Mark McGoldrick made it 3-0 in injury-time, and Monaghan boss Mick Cooke knows his team will have to improve greatly to have any chance of winning the EA Sports Cup.

Sligo -- Kelly, Keane, Lauchlan, Peers, Davoren, Ndo, Ryan, Russell (Ventre 82), Doyle (Dillon 90), Boco, Blinkhorn (McGoldrick 89).

Monaghan -- Sava, Collins, McMahon, Gartland, Grimes, O'Connor (Bermingham h-t), Tierney (Lynch 66), Byrne, Clancy, Brennan, Hughes (Hanaphy 83).

Ref -- P Sutton.

Irish Independent

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