Thursday 26 April 2018

Four-game drought frustrates Baraclough

Sligo Rovers 0 Bohemians 0

SLIGO manager Ian Baraclough believes that his side need a change in luck in front of goals to get out of their current scoring drought.

Baraclough saw his charges fail to hit the net for the fourth successive league match as they lost further ground on leaders St Patrick's Athletic.

Having scored 19 goals in their first eight games of the season, the Bit O'Red have now managed just six in the second eight and have picked up just one win in those games.

"We are creating chances, and that is the frustrating thing. We are not finding the final touch at the moment but, if we keep doing the right things and working hard, our luck will change," Baraclough said.

It didn't help Rovers that the scorers of their last six goals were all missing on Saturday – Anthony Elding through suspension and Danny Ventre and Evan McMillan through injury.

Lee Lynch and Raffaele Cretaro also missed out because of knocks, but Baraclough was making no excuses. "We have a squad good enough to cope with injuries and suspensions."

Both Kieran Djilali and Liam Martin went desperately close to grabbing that elusive goal. Owen Heary made a brilliant last-ditch clearance to prevent Djilali's volley from crossing the line after just 20 seconds, while Martin saw a header come back off the post from Djilali's cross on eight minutes.

Gavin Peers, Ross Gaynor, Aaron Greene and Martin again all went close in the second half, before Chris Lyons almost claimed all three points for Bohs late on.

Sligo Rovers – Rogers, Keane, Henderson (North 74), Peers, Davoren, Djilali (Millien 83), Conneely, Ndo, Cawley, Martin (Gaynor 69), Greene.

Bohemians – Delaney, Pender, Heary, Lopes, Nangle, Buckley, Mulcahy, Moore (Traynor 78), McEvoy, Devaney (Lyons 67), Scully (Scott 86).

Ref – P Tuite (Dublin)

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