Russell: Limerick FC need the fans more than ever

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Limerick FC's Sean Russell wins this battle for possession with Derry City's Ciaran O'Connor during the sides SSE Airtricity League Premier Division clash at Markets Field on Saturday night
LIMERICK FC’s Premier Division survival hopes are hanging by a thread ahead of Friday night’s make-or-break clash with Shamrock Rovers at the Markets Field, 7.45pm.

LIMERICK FC’s Premier Division survival hopes are hanging by a thread ahead of Friday night’s make-or-break clash with Shamrock Rovers at the Markets Field, 7.45pm.

Martin Russell’s side missed out on the opportunity to jump off the bottom of the top flight table for the first time since April when losing 2-0 at home to Derry City on Saturday night.

The defeat leaves Limerick FC trailing both Drogheda Utd and Sligo Rovers by two points ahead of Friday night’s clash with Shamrock Rovers which will be televised live on RTE2.

Limerick FC club chiefs will hope for another bumper attendance for the visit of the Hoops as an impressive 2,647 turned out at the venue for the visit of Derry.

Limerick FC manager, Martin Russell said: “It is hard to put your finger on why we played like we did (against Derry City). We needed a spark and probably needed to score first. When it goes against you there is that bit more pressure and you need a response. Big games, you need your big players and we didn’t have enough big players tonight. They are only human and they have been producing it for the last while. Hopefully we can dust ourselves down and give it again for the remaining games.

“The performance level against Derry will need to be improved on to give us the best opportunity to be in the Premier Division next season.

“We need the fans now more than ever. We are still in with a chance of doing what many people thought wasn’t possible. It is not finished yet. Come next Friday night we hope to be in a better mood.”