Preview: Bohemians v Sligo Rovers

Waterford v Bohemians - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

BOHEMIANS v SLIGO ROVERS
SSE Airtricity League
Tuesday April 20 2021
Dalymount Park, 7.45pm
Live on WatchLOI

Bohemians are looking to build on the form of two away wins in a row when we welcome high-flying and unbeaten Sligo Rovers to Dalymount Park.

Successive 1-0 wins on the road in Dundalk and Waterford have moved Bohs up to sixth after a frustrating start to the season where Keith Long’s picked up just one point from their opening three games.

Goal difference sees the visitors in third but Liam Buckley’s men are level on points with league leaders Shamrock Rovers and St Patrick’s Athletic after three wins and two draws from their opening five games.

Long said: “Sligo have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season, have looked impressive so far this campaign and will come to Dalymount with confidence.

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“They have a nice balance of experience and some talented young players coming through and will have ambitions on building on last season.

“It will be another tough game – our games against Sligo are always difficult and generally very close affairs.”

In fact the same can be said of Bohs’ opening five fixtures of this campaign – a draw and four 1-0 results.

Bohs came out on the right side the two most recent of those – away to Dundalk and then away Waterford – but lost out to Finn Harps in Ballybofey on the opening night of the season and again to St Pat’s in our last outing at Dalymount.
Long said: “After our defeat against St Pat’s in our last home game, I referred to the fine margins we have experienced so far this season.

“The same could have been said for our win in Dundalk where we came out on the right side of the result – a result which could have very easily gone the other way. The point is that we have not been a million miles off, despite not playing at our best.

“Against Waterford, we didn’t play anywhere near how we did in Dundalk but still kept a clean sheet and a win. Our performance was a bit flat, we didn’t create enough and our use of the ball was slow. Overall it was quite the contrast to the performance in Oriel Park.

“Our performance levels have to improve on Waterford but we hope the injection of confidence provided by back-to-back wins will lead to better performances and, by extension, improved results.

“We will improve as the season goes on and we will get more consistency in our performances. The attitude of the players has been excellent and we are all working very hard to get better.”

TEAM NEWS

Bohs are likely to be without Andy Lyons (hamstring) and Bastien Héry (ankle) once more.

Stephen Mallon (metatarsal) remains out also but there was some good news as he returned to training last week, while Promise Omochere (knee) and Conor Levingston (calf) were named on the bench against Waterford for the first time this season.

Long added: “It is pleasing to see some of the long term injuries return to training. Conor played 60 minutes in a recent behind-closed-doors friendly against St Pat’s and Promise Omochere is back training now on a full-time basis, which means he is closer to returning to playing competitive games.

“Stephen picked up an unfortunate metatarsal injury in pre-season but is back to light training now. He is a number of weeks away from playing but is making great progress and working extremely hard. He is doing everything right in order to get back playing and to make an impact at the club.”

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