By Robert O’Reilly
Drogheda United will be aiming to move off the foot of the table when they face fellow relegation rivals Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds on Saturday, kick-off 7.45pm.
The Drogs slipped to bottom place last Friday as they lost 2-0 at home to Finn Harps, their fourth defeat on the bounce.
Drogheda’s last win in the league came in the reverse fixture with Finn Harps back in April and Drogheda United manager Pete Mahon believes that his side needs just a couple of results to go in their favour to get their season going again.
“We’re on a really bad run at the moment,” Mahon admitted Thursday evening. “Last week was a big game for us but we gave the first goal away so early in the game giving ourselves a mountain to climb.
“What we need is to get a win from somewhere and I’m sure when that happens, a run of results will follow.”
With further crucial games against Galway United and St Patrick’s Athletic to come in the next fortnight, Mahon is fully aware of the magnitude of Saturday’s encounter.
“We set ourselves a target from these four games and obviously we have nothing to show for from the first one. Everyone knows how important this game is given how tight the situation is at the bottom.
“Teams are probably queuing up to play us at the moment but we need to change that. Our fortune has to turn at some point as I don’t think we’ve had much luck over recent weeks.
“It’s frustrating to be going into such a crucial run of games with so many injuries but there’s nothing we can do about that now.
“We’re in a battle down there at the bottom and we need to show that we’re up for the fight.”
The Boynesiders will travel west with an injury-ravaged squad as Kevin Farragher, Jake Hyland, Gavin Brennan and Ryan Masterson all miss out through injury with both Ciaran McGuigan and Luke Gallagher rated as doubtful.
Sean Russell could make his debut for Drogheda with the club expecting to receive international clearance in time.