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Peers pressure: The games can't come quick enough for Sligo veteran Gavin

The Dublin native was suspended for Rovers’ draw with Bray but is back for the title run-in.

Gavin Peers reacts towards referee Paul Tuite.
Gavin Peers reacts towards referee Paul Tuite.
Image: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

SLIGO ROVERS DEFENDER Gavin Peers could not bear to watch his side’s 0-0 draw with Bray Wanderers at the weekend but he had a handy distraction.

The Dubliner, suspended due to yellow card accumulation, was in Carlow for his cousin’s wedding and investing himself in five fabulous courses.

“I’m terrible at watching matches when I can’t play,” said Peers, “so, when I found I was suspended, I rang my cousin and luckily they could fit me in.

“I was getting Twitter updates and popping out to the bar to catch the latest scores.”

He added, “It was a good point. Bray is a tough place to go and they have taken points off a lot of teams this season.”

The defender is in the selection mix for Saturday’s home tie against Derry City and itching for action. He said:

At this stage, you just want the games to come thick and fast. There has been 11 days days between our last game and Derry.

“St Pat’s (Athletic) will have played twice within that time. They could be three points behind but I don’t think they will be. They have a tough game down in Drogheda.”

High tempo

The last time the Bit O’ Red and Derry met, Peers and his teammates came away 2-1 winners. The 26-year-old, now in his seventh season with the club, expects the Candystripes to ‘come and play’. He said:

We have to come out with a high tempo, right from the start. The result is all that matters, we don’t have to play well.

“We seem to have a team that digs deep when they have to and do what needs to be done to win games.”

Peers will be hoping to avoid any more cautions for the five match title run-in but, if he does miss another game, he could always play FIFA ’13, with Barcelona’s Leo Messi and Rovers’ attacker Mark Quigley on the cover.

“Mark has told us all about it,” Peers remarked, “but I won’t be downloading it.”

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