“We’ll be going there to have a go”

Bohemians manager Keith Long by Simon Alcock

ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League, Richmond Park, Tuesday 9th June, 7.45pm

Bohemians boss Keith Long is hopeful his side can build on a good team performance against Dundalk last Friday as they head into two crunch Dublin derby fixtures over the next four days. The Gypsies travel to Inchicore to face St Patrick’s Athletic tomorrow night before a clash with Shamrock Rovers at home on Friday.

Reflecting on a magnificent result against the Champions and league leaders, Long was quick to praise the resolve and work-rate of his players. “I’m delighted for the players. In every aspect of the game they did what we asked them to do. They defended when they had to defend and were brave when they had the ball,” said Long.

“We worked extremely hard and I thought we were good value for the win. Dundalk are champions for a reason, so going up there and picking up three points was fantastic for us.”

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The manager was delighted to see a return to top form for his team, who are now just one victory away from matching their win tally from the 2014 season, with less than half of this campaign gone. “I think Friday was a real return to what we’re about. The lads went out and worked extremely hard for each other,” said Long.

“That’s the foundation for everything we do. If we work hard and we’re honest, we’ve got a chance. The players recognise what they need to do to win football matches, and I think we’ve shown that we’re more than a match for any team in this league.”

With that result in the bag, Bohs can look forward without fear to games against the teams directly below and above them in the table this week.

“It’s going to be a difficult task, but we’ll go to inchicore in a good frame of mind. I don’t think any team holds any fear for us. Obviously, we’ve great respect for St Pat’s, but it’s not about them from our point of view,” said Long. “We’ll be going there to have a go, as we have done in all the games so far.”

The Bohs boss knows that Liam Buckley’s side are a threat, with the Saints having won in Dalymount Park earlier in the season. “Pat’s are a good footballing side, they can punish you in a lot of areas. We’ve got to try and put in a good performance, and if we play close to how we did on Friday, we’ve got a great chance.”

Long will have to plan without Stephen Best after the defender suffered a head injury on Friday. Dave Mulcahy, Paddy Kavanagh, and Anto Murphy are all doubts for the clash against St Pat’s. Derek Pender (achilles) and Marc Griffin (cruciate) remain on the long-term injury list.

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