“We’re not going to feel sorry for ourselves”

Keith Long - by Michael Ryan

SLIGO ROVERS v BOHEMIANS
Saturday May 5 2018
The Showgrounds, 7.45pm

Keith Long insists no Bohemians player will be found feeling sorry for themselves as they bid to climb the table.

Players looked exasperated leaving the Dalymount Park pitch on Monday night as they succumbed to a smash-and-grab 1-0 defeat against high-flying Waterford.

Similarly, supporters were left scratching their heads as to how the team failed to get anything out of game they thoroughly dominated.

In previous weeks, Bohs have been left frustrated by costly mistakes at the back and a lack of cutting edge up front leaving them empty-handed.

But Monday night was that and more.

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With Dylan Watts, who was today nominated for the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association April Player of the Month Award, pulling the strings in midfield, the Gypsies created enough chances to win any game.

But between an inability to find that killer touch in front of goal and some contentious refereeing decisions, the Gypsies failed to overturn that one-goal deficit.

Long was sent to the stands for contesting one of those calls but is not suspended for tomorrow’s game.

He said: “The energy and effort of the players on Monday, you couldn’t have asked for much more from them. They were outstanding.

“We conceded a bad goal, which has happened too often for us this season.

“But they ran themselves into the ground trying to get a goal back and it’s hard to fault the performance.”

Against Sligo Rovers, Bohs face a team one place and two points ahead of them in eighth position.

The sides cancelled each other out when they met earlier in the season in Dalymount Park in a match that finished 2-2.

He said: “The last time we played, there wasn’t a lot between us but we felt we should have won the game.

“Sligo on a Saturday is a difficult place to go but we are going there to get a result: to win.

“We are not going to feel sorry for ourselves. We believe in ourselves and we will stay strong as a group.

“Let’s go get a result.”

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Rob Cornwall (back), Derek Pender (calf) and Karl Moore (knee) are out alongside long-term absentees Ryan Swan (cruciate) and Cristian Magerusan (metatarsal).

Dan Byrne (groin) a doubt.

Paddy Kavanagh returns from suspension.

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