Monday 26 February 2018

Lyttle delighted with Sligo 'character'

Sligo Rovers 1 Bohemians 0

Sligo Rovers manager Gerard Lyttle. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Sligo Rovers manager Gerard Lyttle. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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Gerard Lyttle hailed his Sligo Rovers side's "character" as they battle to survive in the Premier Division.

The Bit O'Red moved back out of the relegation zone thanks to a hard-fought win against ten-man Bohemians at the Showgrounds on Saturday.

And they now know that three wins from their last three games will guarantee their top-flight survival, regardless of what happens elsewhere.

Lyttle said: "Everything is in our own hands. We said before the game that we cannot rely on other teams to do favours for us.

"Anything we get, we will have to earn it, and we earned this. We dug deep and we showed some character to see the game out after a couple of hairy moments.

"When it is just 1-0, you are nervy and the people around you are nervy because anything can happen."

The only goal of the game came after just nine minutes when Vinny Faherty stooped low to head Regan Donelon's corner into the net.

Rovers should have been further clear soon after as John Russell and Daniel Kearns failed to convert good chances.

Bohs' hopes suffered a major blow when playmaker Keith Ward was shown a straight red card for kicking out at Craig Roddan after he was pulled back.

Bohs boss Keith Long was left frustrated, saying: "Initially he was fouled on the break, and he kicked out a little bit, so it is a lack of discipline.

"I commented recently that our red card tally was good this season, but now we have got two in three games. So maybe that will teach me to keep my mouth shut."

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Bohs created a number of chances late on, with Dinny Corcoran forcing a save off Shaun Patton, and Ismahil Akinade was denied by a superb last-ditch tackle from Donelon.

At the other end, substitute Greg Moorhouse twice broke through, but was unable to find the net, while Rhys McCabe fired too high in the last minute.

Lyttle said: "I've told the boys they are going to give me a heart attack. We should have had the game dead and buried. We had loads of chances but weren't clinical. It's probably the only negative from the night.

"But at this stage, nobody cares."

Sligo - Patton, Adebayo-Rowling, Callan-McFadden, Sharkey, Donelon, Roddan, Keaney, Russell, Kearns, McCabe, Faherty.

Bohs - Supple, Pender, Byrne, Cornwall, Morris, Brennan, Sule, Poynton, Akinade, Ward, Corcoran.

Ref - G Kelly (Cork)

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