“We’re going to Tallaght, positive, confident and determined to do well”

Eoghan Stokes celebrates scoring the sixth in Wexford - by Stephen Burke

SHAMROCK ROVERS v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League
Friday April 17 2018, Tallaght Stadium, 8pm

Keith Long says Bohemians will travel to Tallaght tomorrow positive and eager to continue their recent run of form.

Bohs are looking to extend their unbeaten Dublin Derby run against Shamrock Rovers tomorrow to five games.

But that will be easier said than done – the Gypsies’ 2-1 in Tallaght Stadium may have been the second time in a row that they have won at the venue but only the third since Rovers moved there in 2009.

There is a great sense of anticipation for these games but Long refuses to get caught up in that.

He said: “It’s the Dublin Derby so there’s a sense of occasion for supporters but for us as a team the most important thing is getting points and improving our league position.

“We want to build on the results we’ve had and move up the table.

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“We’ve struggled for consistency this season but we’ve a good run in the last few weeks and it’s important we try continue that and push on.”

Since a demoralising 3-0 reversal at home to Sligo Rovers a month ago, Bohs have dusted themselves down and earned deserved plaudits for three high-scoring victories since.

They have beaten Bray Wanderers and Limerick 6-0 and 5-0 respectively with a decent performance in a 2-0 defeat away to the league’s form team Dundalk sandwiched in between.

And last Friday they reached new heights by beating First Division Wexford 7-0 in the FAI Cup.

But continuing that good form against a Rovers side hurting from their exit from the cup against Drogheda United last Friday presents a fresh challenge.

Long added: “We’ve played well in recent weeks and we want to able to continue to do that against stronger opposition.

“The most pleasing aspect of those performances was the determination and confidence we showed in our play.

“Rovers are obviously a step up from the opposition we’ve beaten recently and they had been in good form up until their cup game last week.

“But we’re going to Tallaght, positive, confident and determined to do well.”

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