Tuesday 21 November 2017

Dykes praises spirit as struggling Sligo dig deep for a point

Sligo Rovers 1 Galway United 1

Sligo Rovers Head of Youth Development, Gavin Dykes
Sligo Rovers Head of Youth Development, Gavin Dykes

Silverware was what Sligo Rovers craved for most of the past decade, but in this campaign survival is the mission.

Gavin Dykes, in temporary charge alongside Joseph Ndo, could take some satisfaction from the fact that Sligo earned a point from a match that Galway shaded.

Ryan Connolly, once of Sligo, stroked Galway ahead in the 10th minute, but the home team were back on level terms courtesy of Dinny Corcoran six minutes later.

Dykes demanded that the players and people of Sligo work together to preserve their top-flight status.

"It is a testing time for us and we have to stick together," he said. "Joseph asked the people of Sligo to support us and they did just that."

Bringing the right attitude into every match is something Sligo need to do, according to Dykes.

"We aren't getting what we should be getting. It is easy to go out and do your stuff against Dundalk, but you have to do the same against Bray and Galway," he stressed.

Galway manager Tommy Dunne rued a slew of missed opportunities, but also took some positives from his team's performance.

"On other occasions we might have lost that game. The single biggest thing was that we didn't concede from a set-piece, which we have been doing too often this season," he said.

Sligo Rovers - Brush; Keane, Peers, Boylan, Ledwith; Nielsen (Armstrong, 67), Cawley, Wearen, Cretaro (Ward, 75); Puri, Corcoran.

Galway United - Winn; Horgan, Sinnott, Walsh, Ludden; Keegan, Byrne, O'Leary, Garcia (Shanahan, 67); Connolly; Curran (Cunningham, 67).

Ref - A Buttimer (Cork).

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