“It should be a good spectacle”

Bohemians v St Pat's

Keith Long believes there will be many twists and turns between now and the end of the season.

And he has challenged his Bohemians players to make sure they are at the right end of it.

Last Friday’s 4-1 thumping of Drogheda United brought Bohs one step closer to securing Premier Division football for 2017.

The position of tomorrow’s opponents looks more precarious – Liam Buckley’s side are only out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

But Long has ruled out any notion of complacency as he looks to consolidate Bohs’ place in the top half of the table.

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He said: “We’re not safe yet, despite what some may say.

“We still need points and we want to finish the season as strongly as possible.

“The complexion of the league table will change again tomorrow night.

“It’s up to us to look after our own result and our own performance to make sure we don’t get dragged down.”

A big crowd is expected for Bohs’ final Dublin derby of the season.

St Pat’s came away with the bragging rights from their last trip to Dalymount Park after a comprehensive 4-0 win in March.

But Bohs got revenge with a 3-1 victory at Richmond Park in June.

Long said: “It’s a big game, a good game to be involved in.

“They’re going to come here looking to win and so are we.

“It should be a good spectacle.”

Before last week’s trip to United Park, Long challenged his team to be more ruthless in front of goal having come up short in their previous league outing against Galway United, which ended 1-1.

They did just that with Keith Ward claiming a hat-trick against the division’s bottom side, while Dinny Corcoran added the icing on the cake with a sublime long-range effort.

Long added: “Wardy was on fire and Dinny’s goal was top notch.

“We asked the players to be more clinical and to deliver a 90-minute performance and they did.

“It’s not an easy place to go to, despite Drogheda’s position in the table.

“But it’s a different proposition tomorrow and we have to deliver another good performance.”

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Oscar Brennan (suspended) and Dylan Hayes (hip) will sit this one out alongside Eoin Wearen (cruciate).

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