By Robert O’Reilly
Drogheda United manager Pete Mahon has called on his players to rise to the occasion when they host Finn Harps tomorrow evening at United Park, kick-off 7.45pm.
United are in the midst of a prolonged winless run as they were overturned last week at home by Limerick.
Goals in either half for the Blues sealed a routine win for the visitors as Drogheda remain in the bottom three much to the frustration of the Drogs boss.
“I thought we were shocking on the night,” Mahon admitted. “It was a very important game for us but you’d have no idea judging by the performance. I thought 2-0 flattered us.
“We need to put an end to this run tomorrow night as time is running out on us. We simply can’t afford another display and result like that.”
The last time Drogheda were victorious in the league was against tomorrow night’s opponents as they left Finn Park with all three points courtesy of goals from Adam Wixted and Gavin Brennan.
Drogheda find themselves second from bottom, a point behind Harps in ninth win fixtures against Sligo Rovers, Galway United and St Patrick’s Athletic on the horizon.
Despite the poor run of results, Mahon is adamant that his side has the quality to climb away from the drop as he looks to strengthen his squad this month in the transfer market.
“The players would have to be living under a rock not to know the importance of Friday’s game. We’ve underperformed for too long and now is the time to answer our critics.
“We have home advantage which will hopefully give us another slight edge as the losers will have their backs firmly against the wall.
“I think all the teams around us have been getting the odd result lately as well as strengthening in the transfer market and it’s up to us to do the same.
“We’ll have an eye on four or five trialists against Ipswich Town on Saturday but our full focus is on getting the three points Friday night.”
Drogheda will be without the injured trip of Colm Deasy, Gavin Brennan and Stephen Elliott.
Thomas Byrne returns to the squad following suspension while Richie Purdy has overcome a hamstring complaint.