Limerick FC manager Tommy Barrett
LIMERICK FC manager Tommy Barrett says Limerick are ‘hoping to be positive and get a goal or two” as they look to end their drought in a huge SSE Airtricity League Premier Division clash with Sligo Rovers at the Markets Field thsi Saturday, 6.30pm.
The Shannonsiders are without a goal in over 500 minutes of competitive action and come into this game on the back of a disappointing EA SPORTS Cup last-16 exit to First Division Cobh Ramblers on Monday night.
Hours after that defeat, however, Blues boss Barrett was boosted by the addition of former Dundalk midfielder Conor Clifford, who comes straight into the matchday squad.
Striker Mark O’Sullivan also has another week under his belt, having appeared for the first time in over five weeks last Friday in a scoreless draw with Bohemians.
That scoreless draw moved Limerick two points clear of Sligo. But Barrett insists Saturday is just another game, despite knowing that victory would open up a five-point gap on the Bit O’ Red in the playoff place.
“We are just looking at it as one game – it’s the next one,” Barrett told LimerickFC.ie.
“We can’t be worried about Sligo or anyone else.
“The mood in the camp is good all week; we have trained well. We are getting some players back now and you can see that the tempo in training has increased with that. Conor Clifford coming in this week has also given everyone a boost.
“Our lack of goals is a concern, of course. But we are hoping to be positive and get a goal or two. We want to be positive, try to score, and hopefully pick up the three points.”
Limerick are without a league win in seven, with two draws and four defeats since their 1-0 victory over Bray Wanderers at the Markets Field on March 9.
Sligo’s last win was also against Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds on 12 March – as they come into this game on the back of three straight league defeats without scoring.
The fitness of forward pair Daniel Kearns (quad) and Danny Morrissey (groin) is being monitored by Blues boss Barrett, but the game is certain to come too soon for midfielder Eoin Wearen (groin) who is nearing a return after a month’s absence.