Sligo Rovers vs Bray by Luke
SLigo Rovers had their visit to Finn Harps almost three weeks ago before the break in the domestic league and the game didn't go in a way they wanted at all. They had two victories behind their backs, getting it with easy, but the team completely showing another face in that game, coming from a 3:0 defeat. They conceded the first goal already in seventeenth minute and everything looked really poor for them from that moment on.
The game itself was complete disappointment for their manager Dave Robertson, who expected much more after their previous victories, but the truth is that the players of Finn Harps simply wanted the victory more of the field. After these two victories, they approached the top six positions at the table, now being three points below the sixth placed Galway and will be looking once again to get into the top six with a victory here.
The team is playing solid at home, usually trying to score a goal more and that's where they base their optimism for tonight's game. Defender Gavin Peers (5/0) is injured and should return to the lineup next week, while suspended for this game remains forward Raffaele Cretaro (10/3). This could be the last game for defender Jordan Richards and forward Jaanai Gordon who are finishing their loan deals with Notts County and West Ham respectively.
Bray was playing against Longford at home in previous round and had a great opportunity to get back to the winning path, but the team only managed to take a point in a goalless draw. They, however, had the initiative since the start of the match and had chances, however without ever converting it into goals. Second part of the game was rather balanced and with less chances on each side.
It was another rather poor performance for their side and no doubt that it caused new set of questions. If they failed to win against Longford at home, probably the team isn't set for big deals and logical question would be, whom will they be able to get a victory against? This was their first point earned after five consecutive defeats and it seems that their offensive part of the game is almost non-existent.
The team has scored only one goal in six most recent matches and it's far away from a needed standard. The side is currently second from the bottom, being tied with last placed Longford and four points below the safe zone. In the mean time, they appointed Harry Kenny as a new team manager, trying to change the things around.
Sligo is complete favorite for this game and everything except their easy victory here would be a surprise. Odds are definitely looking valuable in their side.