Elding's late equaliser keeps Sligo believing
Longford Town 1-1 Sligo Rovers
Raffaele CreTaro says 10-man Sligo deserved their "big point" on his 500th appearance, despite their needing a 90th-minute equaliser to get it.
Sligo were the better side at the City Calling Stadium on Saturday night, even after defender Tim Clancy was sent off on 25 minutes following a clash with Longford striker Gary Shaw.
Despite their advantage, Longford struggled before taking an 82nd-minute lead when substitute Kaleem Simon shot home Philip Gannon's cross.
But Sligo hit back at the death, with sub Anthony Elding punishing a mistake by keeper Paul Skinner to flick a header to the net.
"We showed great character to come back from 1-0 down with ten men," said winger Cretaro.
"We had the better chances. There was a lack of concentration for their goal, but we definitely deserved to get an equaliser."
Though hovering above the relegation play-off place only on goal difference, Sligo have decent form with just one defeat in the last seven league games under boss Micky Adams and assistant Alan Rogers.
"Since the two lads have come in they've been brilliant for us," said Cretaro.
"The confidence is higher and we're playing a lot better. The momentum is with us. We'll look forward to Bohs this week.
"It's been a tough season, obviously, after the good years. But we've great character in the dressing-room. I've no doubt in my mind that we'll get out of it. You have to believe. If not, there is no point in being here."
Longford Town - Skinner; Haverty (Mulhall, 38), Gorman, Sullivan, Powell; Shannon (Simon, 62), Gannon, O'Connor, Ben Mohamed; Kelly, Shaw (O'Sullivan, 79).
Sligo Rovers - Brush; Keane, Peers, Clancy, Donelon; Cretaro (Elding, 78), Cawley, Boylan, Myrie-Williams; Corcoran (Hughes, 71), Nielsen (Ledwith, 79).
Ref - S Grant (Wexford).