“OUR LADS WANT TO DELIVER”

Bohs v Galway

​BOHEMIANS v GALWAY UNITED
Dalymount Park, Friday September 1, 2017

​Keith Long has urged Bohemians to make home advantage pay when Galway United come to Dalymount Park.

Many of Bohs’ most notable performances and results have come on the road this season.

But without a competitive game at Dalymount Park in four weeks, the Gypsies are determined to hit the ground running in front of their own supporters.

Long said: “Our lads want to deliver. We’re the home team, so the pressure is on us to go out and perform.

“Our supporters have been right behind us throughout at Dalymount this season and they’ve given the players great encouragement.

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“We’ve had our ups and downs but we’ve four home league games now between now and the end of the season and we want to improve our record at Dalymount.”

After the highs of beating both rivals Shamrock Rovers and champions-elect Cork City away in quick succession, Bohs were left reeling after an extra-time FAI Cup exit away to Finn Harps, which was followed by a defeat away to Limerick in the league.

Long said: “We’ve been disappointing in our last two games. We didn’t hit the levels we had shown we are capable of, which was frustrating.

“We felt we left points behind us in Limerick but our performance wasn’t what it should have been.”

There are only eight points between sixth-placed Bohs and 11th-place Galway, with everyone acutely aware that the division’s congested table can change very quickly.

Long said: “We want to consolidate our league position and we want to get back to winning ways.

“Galway have good quality in their side but we have to concentrate on our own performance.”

With both sides out of the cup, Bohs and Derry City faced off in a friendly at Dalymount Park last Saturday, which finished 2-2.

Long was suitably impressed with the performances of Under-19 players JR Wilson and Cian McMullen – the latter netted Bohs’ equaliser – off the bench that he has promoted them to the first-team squad.

Long added: “It was important to have that game. It means players won’t be cold against Galway.

“Some of them wouldn’t have played for three weeks had we not had a game.

“Graham Lawlor is doing great work with the Under-19s. They’re top of the league and it’s important we try and give players an opportunity to show what they can do.

“JR and Cian came on and did well. They deserved their chance with the first team.”

TEAM NEWS

Ian Morris (suspended) and Dylan Hayes (groin) are both out.

Eoin Wearen (cruciate) remains out but it is hoped he will resume full training this week.

Oscar Brennan and Paddy Kavanagh return to the squad after suspension as does Dinny Corcoran who missed the trip to Limerick due to family commitments.

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