Limerick manager Martin Russell says “one result can make all the difference” and that a first victory of the season this weekend against closest rivals Sligo Rovers would “give us something to aim for” going into the final round.
While Sligo are the team currently occupying the relegation playoff place, they hold a healthy ten-point advantage over the Shannonsiders ahead of the last game of the second series.
But Russell knows it can quickly turn around, having witnessed Bray Wanderers shoot a massive 17 points clear of his side after rattling off four straight 1-0 wins in recent weeks.
Still, with games running out, the boss knows the importance of this Saturday’s clash with the Bit O’ Red (Markets Field, 6.30pm), and he feels it could provide a springboard for the greatest of escapes.
“We need a win to help matters and that would boost morale no end. It has been difficult for the players when certain things have gone against them,” Russell told LimerickFC.ie, who rued their near miss at Tallaght Stadium last Sunday.
“It can be hard to bounce back from that in games but one result can make all the difference. Against Sligo, our aim is to go and get that first win and then things can become rosier and it would give us something to aim for.
“Hopefully any big swings fall our way. It is a tough league this year. Our budget was reduced from last season, which didn’t help us, and Sligo are not having it as easy as some thought they would.
“We got a point at The Showgrounds earlier in the season and we would like to think that we have the capability to give them a game this weekend.
“There is a belief still within our group that we can get out of this situation but again it is about points beside performances. We need to keep pushing on and try to turn these games into results. If we can get on a roll, like other teams have done, I think we can survive.”
Kick-off at the Markets Field on Saturday evening is 6.30pm and the club encourages all of our supporters to get behind us as we aim for an invaluable three points in our bid to preserve our Premier Division status.
Your support in the Markets Field has been greatly appreciated by all. 19 years waiting, don’t let us down – be our voice once again!
Date: Wednesday 29 July 2015