“We’ve got ourselves into a good position and we want to stay there”

Bohemians v St Patrick's Athletic - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

FINN HARPS v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League
Friday August 2 2019, Finn Park, 8pm

Keith Long says Bohemians will focus on getting their own results right as they begin the final series of league games tonight.

Bohs have been in third position for 15 weeks and are determined to further consolidate that when they travel to face Finn Harps.

They face a dogged Harps side who under the guidance of Ollie Horgan have caused Long’s men plenty of problems at Ballybofey in seasons past.

Second from bottom Harps come into the game resurgent and on the back of 1-0 wins against Waterford and rivals Derry City, who in fourth place are breathing down Bohs’ necks.

Long said: “Harps are a well organised and honest bunch of players who are fighting for everything at the moment.

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“They work extremely hard for one another but we have our own ambitions so our own performance level has got to be right

“We have to look after our own results first. We’ve got ourselves into a good position and we want to stay there.

“We’ve nine games left, there will be plenty of ups and downs between now and the end of the season but we need to win games to stay where we are.”

Bohs come into this game on the back of a 1-1 draw with Sligo Rovers.

Long said: “A draw was a probably a fair result. They haven’t lost at the Showgrounds since we beat them earlier in the season, so it was a good point but we could have won it in the second half.”

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Captain Derek Pender begins his three-match additional suspension tonight for the part he played in post-match flare-ups against UCD last month, which were instigated by the Students’ goalkeeper Conor Kearns.

Pender is likely to be replaced at right-back by Andy Lyons, who returns to the squad after being away on international duty with Ireland at the Uefa European U19 Championships.

Long added: “Andy had a great tournament and the feedback from Tom Mohan has been top notch. He’s coped well with any challenges he’s come up against so far and now is another opportunity for him.”

Paddy Kirk is suspended for accumulative yellow cards, Keith Buckley (hamstring) is a doubt, Rob Cornwall (Achilles) remains a doubt, while Ryan Swan, a late withdrawal with a hamstring injury ahead of the Sligo game, also remains a doubt.

Long-term absentees Dinny Corcoran (ankle) and Cristian Magerusan (cruciate) remain out.

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