“Nobody is feeling sorry for themselves – it’s been an extremely positive week in training”

Bohemians v Waterford

Preview: Bohemians v Waterford
SSE Airtricity League
Friday October 5, 7.45pm, Dalymount Park

K[/dropap]eith Long says Bohemians have put last week’s controversial FAI Cup semi-final behind them and are determined to extend their unbeaten run to 11 games.

Bohs looked to have one foot in the final after taking a deserved 1-0 lead through Dinny Corcoran against Cork City on Sunday.

But the disputed decision to award the Leesiders a penalty three minutes from time was enough for John Caulfeld’s side to earn a replay between the sides this Monday at Turner’s Cross.

Bohs’ initial allocation of 500 away tickets sold out earlier this afternoon with an additional 100 set to go on sale tomorrow.

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The Bohs supporters are up for the Cup – and Long’s men certainly are too. 

He said: “Nobody is feeling sorry for themselves. It’s been an extremely positive week in training.

“Obviously the manner in which they equalised was very disappointing at the time and hard to take but you move on from that.

“When I left Dalymount on Sunday night and put the disappointment to one side, the hunger for the club to be involved in more big games and occasions like that took over.

“We’re not out of it, we just have to do it the hard way. We are very much in this tie and we will go to Cork confident.

“We know we will be up against it. Cork are an excellent side there will be a big home crowd down there but we will have a big following of our own behind us.”

But before they can focus all their energy on that, there is the small matter of taking on Waterford tomorrow.

The Blues are in fourth, the Gypsies in fifth but ten points separate them.

Realistically Bohs’ main aim is to consolidate their current position, with only goal difference separating them and St Pat’s in sixth.

Games against Alan Reynolds’ side have been frustrating ones for Bohs this season, losing twice and drawing once.

Efforts to address that record tomorrow are all the more challenging with Long feeling it necessary to freshen his side up ahead of Monday’s Cork rematch.

When he last made wholesale changes to his starting team – 11 in fact – an experimental Bohs side came from behind to beat St Patrick’s Athletic 3-1 away from home two weeks ago.

Long’s options are more restricted this time around though as some of the budding Bohemians who came in and starred that day played a challenging game in the Uefa Youth League last night when Craig Sexton’s U19s lost 2-1 away to FC Midtjylland.

Long said: “It would be foolhardy not to have one eye on Monday’s game so we will obviously change things up a little.

“But our hands are tied on that front to a certain extent too. Of the players you’d like to bring into the squad, four of them – Andy Lyons, Ali Reghba, Promise Omochere and Ryan Graydon – played a draining game last night.

“So we have to be mindful of that and manage our squad correctly as we don’t want to be pushing players too much.

“But we have a group of players who are pushing each other themselves all the time so I’m confident the team we put out will give a good account of themselves.

“They’ve been tight affairs against Waterford this season. 

“We’ve drawn one and lost twice to them but they were games we felt that we left points behind and where our performances deserved more so we want to get a result tomorrow and consolidate our place in the table.”

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Ryan Swan (cruciate) and Ryan Masterson (thigh) are the only players ruled out but Bohs are expected to make changes ahead of Monday’s FAI Cup semi-final against Cork City.

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