“WE’RE GOING DOWN WITH CONFIDENCE”

Keith Long salutes Bohs fans in Waterford - A Baldiemann

CORK CITY v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League
Friday March 15 2019, Turner’s Cross, 7.45pm
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Keith Long believes Bohemians need to improve on last week’s performance if they want to come away from Turner’s Cross with a positive result.

Bohs maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 1-1 draw at Dalymount Park against Derry City last Friday.

But the Gypsies felt it was two points dropped – despite coming from behind to earn a share of the spoils.

Manager Long said: “We were disappointed with the first half last week. I felt if we had taken the initiative a bit more, we could have gone on and won the game.

“We lacked energy and didn’t ask Derry enough questions. We didn’t do enough to impose ourselves on the game.”

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Former Bohemian Eoghan Stokes gave the Candystripes the lead from the spot but Bohs rallied well with James Finnerty’s first goal from the club getting them back on level terms and they were unlucky not to go on and seal all three points.

Long said: “We responded to the goal well and I have to credit the players for that. We came back very strong.”

Games against Cork City produced some memorable battles last year. Bohs humbled the then defending champions 4-2 in Dalymount Park in the league.

But the Leesiders got the last laugh – winning an FAI Cup semi-final replay in Turner’s Cross 2-1 after Bohs had victory snatched away with a controversial penalty decision in the original tie.

Long added: “This is a different challenge again. Cork will be up near the top of the table at the end of the season. They will come good.

“The profile of John Caulfield’s team has changed a bit, they’re a bit younger this season and they are still gelling.

“They had a brilliant win up in Finn Harps last week and going down to Turner’s Cross has traditionally been one of the toughest tasks in the league.

“They’ve a huge crowd who come out to support them.

“But we’re going there with confidence and we want to maintain our unbeaten start to the season.

“Hopefully we’ll have another good vocal away crowd – we did in Belfield and down in Waterford – as that can give us a big lift when you come out on to the pitch.”

TEAM NEWS

Keith Buckley (groin) returns but Dinny Corcoran (groin) remains a doubt. Michael Barker (hamstring) played 45 minutes in LSC on Monday and also comes back into contention. Kevin Devaney (knee) has returned to training but will not be risked. Aaron Barry unavailable against parent club.

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