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Quigley insists Sligo positive mentality key to title dream

MARK QUIGLEY believes that Ian Baraclough's commitment to allowing players express themselves is the key to Sligo Rovers' march towards their first league title in 35 years.

The Bit O'Red are in control at the top of the Premier Division table, holding a six-point lead with six games remaining.

They can move a step closer to the crown with victory in Bray tonight and Quigley arrives in good form after collecting the Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month award for August yesterday.

The Dubliner, who has come to the fore since top scorer Danny North was ruled out with a cruciate ligament injury, has no doubts that Baraclough's positive approach is central to their current position.

"I think all of the clubs that I played for wanted to win games, but everything about the manager's approach here is keeping that winning mentality intact," he said.

"All of the clubs that I played for had talented players, but it's different here. It goes back to the mentality that the lads had from two years ago when they won the FAI Cup and then again last year. The manager just tapped into that.

"Whether it is training or preparing for a match, nothing is negative -- it's all about winning. I think that has shown in our results and our recent form."

Bray caused Sligo problems in their previous meeting, holding them to a 1-1 draw at the Showgrounds, so they will be taking nothing for granted. "Bray struggle sometimes, but they always give you a tough game," said Quigley.

Irish Independent