“There is plenty of football left to be played”

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

Preview: Bohemians v Waterford
SSE Airtricity League
September 11 2020, Dalymount Park 5.45pm

Keith Long has challenged Bohemians to dust themselves down and bounce back after last week’s Dublin derby defeat.

The 1-0 loss in Tallaght saw Shamrock Rovers move five points clear of second-placed Bohs.

Long said: “There is plenty of football left to be played. We must focus on every game one at a time.

“Tonight is an opportunity for us to bounce back and we hope we can reach the level of performance required to win.”

But Long was frustrated that Bohs’ lack of cutting edge, combined with some appalling refereeing decisions, contributed to a missed opportunity in Tallaght.

He said: “We conceded an early goal which allowed them to control the tempo of the game to an extent and we were unable to impose our game plan.

“We didn’t play well, especially in the first half. We did have moments and half chances but that’s all they were. I feel we had a really strong case for a penalty when James Finnerty was manhandled in the box from a corner but overall we never had a sustained period of pressure or stress tested them enough.

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“The second period was better from us. We had longer periods of possession and created some opportunities.

“Again, we had a clear-cut penalty denied by the referee and if that’s given we could have come away with a point from the game without playing well.

“We need to be better than a bad refereeing performance, however, and Saturday was a missed opportunity for us.”

They will look to put that right when Waterford are the visitors to Dalymount Park this evening.

Long said: “Waterford will be full of confidence after a convincing win last Friday at home to St Pat’s.

“They have some exciting players and have proved difficult opponents for us since their return to the Premier Division.

“We expect nothing different from them this evening and as always we will have to be at our very best in order to get a result and to bounce back from last week’s defeat.”

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