Lyttle says Rovers preparing for Drogheda test like a Cup final

Sligo Rovers travel to Drogheda United on Friday evening for the final match of the SSE Airtricity Premier Division campaign.

The Bit o’ Red require at least a draw to guarantee safety after last week’s win over Derry City in The Showgrounds

In team news, Kyle Callan-McFadden returns from a ban but Regan Donelon and Craig Roddan will be suspended.

Rovers have no new injury concerns with Michael Schlingermann out with a neck injury.

Gerard Lyttle said:

Suspensions and prep:

“It’s great to have Kyle back in the squad. It’s disappointing given how both Regan and Craig are playing but we just have to deal with it and the players we bring in will be relishing the opportunity.

“In recent weeks we have beaten teams that we couldn’t beat before. The win over Derry was very pleasing. In July it was a different story. We’ve beaten Bohs, got a good draw in Tallaght and our record in this series of games is good.

“But from Monday when we got back to training, it has been preparing for a massive Cup final. We’ve got ourselves into this position and we have to make it count. Training has been excellent all week. We want to approach the game right. We don’t go looking for the draw, the approach has to be to win the game and nothing else

“I made late changes to team against Derry because of the conditions. We felt some things would be preferential and opted to switch things up. There is no room for sentimentality, it’s part of the game and we have a good group here.

“This is another different challenge and we’ll have to make some changes because of the suspensions.”

Facing Drogheda:

“I have too much respect for Drogheda’s manager and management team to treat the game lightly. To think that Drogheda are just waiting for the season to end and that they will go through the motions would be stupidity. We have to have the same intensity as against Derry, the same work-rate and the same level of performance from the first minute.

“I was in Finn Park and it was a bit of a strange game. Drogheda took their chances well as Harps self-destructed. It shows you need to be focused, you need to be really solid when you play them and we’ve made that very clear all week.”

Travelling support of 500 expected:

“They been there with us everywhere and I know it’s going to be same again on Friday. It’s been an important part of the results we have got away from home. This is a Cup final for the whole club and they’ll play their part for us.”