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Gary Rogers: We will have to be at our best to beat Sligo Rovers tonight

Speaking to ahead of the visit of Sligo Rovers, goalkeeper Gary Rogers reflected on the EA SPORTS Cup quarter-final win on Tuesday and feels it is good to be back in the semi-final of a competition ‘which has been good to the club’.

“It’s good to be into the next round of the EA SPORTS Cup. It was what we wanted to do. It gets us into another semi-final and you can never get tired of that.

“We managed to get some young lads a lot of minutes and that is good for their development. It was a good night all round and we are back into the semi-final of a competition that has been very good to us over the years. “

While not pleased with the result last Friday night, there was further disappointment with the broken leg suffered by Stephen O’Donnell during the action and the netminder paid tribute to the captain as he heads onto the road to recovery.

“We were disappointed with the result against Waterford last week. I thought we played well but when you see the injury picked up by Stevie O’Donnell it is even a bigger disappointment.

“He has been a key player for the club since he joined so to see him pick up a bad injury like that it is heartbreaking.”

Looking ahead to Friday night, Rogers is expecting a tough game at Oriel but is hoping the Lilywhites home form will continue and help  his side take another win.

“Every game we look to pick up three points. I feel we have played well in every game this year but in particular we have been very good at home.

“We are hoping this weekend will be no different. We always expect a difficult night against Sligo and they gave us a really good game at the Showgrounds so we know that we will have to be at our best to get the win. “

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