Team news for Derry City game
Sligo Rovers travel to Buncrana on Sunday to take on Derry City in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division
The Bit o' Red secured a much-needed win against Shamrock Rovers last weekend but sit just one point clear of the drop zone in the league.
In team news, John Russell is suspended following a red card against the Hoops, but Kyle Callan-McFadden returns from a ban.
Rhys McCabe is set for his Rovers debut after signing this month. Benny Igiehon has not received international clearance in time, but Gary Armstrong comes back into contention following his loan spell at Ballinamallard.
Manager Gerard Lyttle said:
On watching Derry City in the Europa League in Sligo on Thursday :
"It was good but I wouldn't read too much into it. I think they've rested with a few with half an eye on this game and they were out of the tie early doors which is unfortunate for them. But it was good to go watch half of the team and how they set up. I don't think there will be too much change to that.. I thought Derry played well. I don't think the score reflected that. They continued to stick to their principles and play out from the back so fair play to them.
On the lift received from winning last weekend:
"The training hasn't changed much to be honest. The tempo has been really good. Even last week and the week before of the Bohemians game, it was really good. Nothing has changed much to be honest with you - we continue to do what we do and keep upbeat. There is a real togetherness, buzz and the camaraderie is really good. It's important we stick with each other and continue that way and hopefully the results keep coming."
On Benny Igiehon not receiving clearance for this weekend:
"It's disappointing. I've had to break the news to Benny there and he's devastated. He's been chomping at the bit to get in and show what we can do. It's going to be another week now. I said to him to keep his head up, stay positive and take his frustration out on Drogheda next week."
On being down players after two departures this week, but Gary Armstrong coming back:
"We are and that's the disappointing thing with Benny's clearance not coming through. But it is what it is. I'm not one for making excuses so we'll go what we have and make the most of it. I'm looking forward to seeing Gary Armstrong in there. It's his moment. It's his time. It's up to him now to grab it. He has a manager that is going to give him a chance and believes in him. From what I've seen so far he has trained really well, done extra training and put on a bit of stock as well in terms of muscle. It's up to Gary now. He didn't get a chance before I'm led to believe. This is his chance now so and hopefully he takes it."
On getting a first away win of the season soon:
"It's important . We're focusing on trying to make the Showgrounds a hard place to come and I think we have done that. The next level is to get three points away from home. There is no reason why we can't. We need to focus on winning games. It'll be the same mentality and mindset as the Shamrock Rovers game. We have come off the back of beating an in-form team. That will give us confidence. We have players out but we have players coming back in as well. Kyle comes back into the squad. It will give us good strength. Seamus Sharkey was super on his debut so it gives me a real headache in terms of picking the team."
On Friday's results:
"I keep saying, I really don't care about Galways, Finn Harps and Droghedas. We need to focus on Sligo Rovers. We have to worry about our own performances and our own results. If we do that I think you'll see a difference. If you look around what's going on around us, you're taking your eye on the ball. Hopefully what we do is enough to keep us going."
Kick-off is 2:30pm in Maginn Park.