PREVIEW: LONGFORD TOWN v BOHEMIANS

Bohemians v Finn Harps - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

LONGFORD TOWN v BOHEMIANS
SSE Airtricity League
Saturday May 15 2021
Bishopsgate, 6pm
Live on WatchLOI.ie

Bohemians travel to Longford Town this evening in confidence having finally turned a good performance into a comprehensive result.

Ali Coote, playing on the right wing for the first time in a Bohs shirt, was one of the main architects of a 4-0 defeat of Finn Harps last Saturday.

The Scotsman’s two excellent finishes in an all-round excellent attacking performance embodied the overall team display where everyone seemed to click.

There were signs a result like that was coming but there is no denying that the team breathed a huge sense of relief after their four-game winless run came to an end in style.

Coote, 22, said: “We needed that result last week, we were delighted with it and obviously I was delighted personally too to get on the scoresheet.

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“I am happy playing on the wing or in the middle, and I’m more of a goal threat the further up the pitch I am playing.

“We felt that the performances have been there in previous games but we just weren’t clinical enough to turn them into results, which has been very frustrating.”

With nine new signings, it has taken time for this team to gel, with Coote one of those to arrive over the closed season.

House-sharing with fellow new boys Georgie Kelly, Liam Burt and Stephen Mallon has assisted him in settling in at the club, although he bemoaned that he is left to ‘do all the cleaning’.

Some of those new boys have started to show what they are capable of, now the next test is to see if they can do it week in, week out.

And reminding themselves of the last time they faced tonight’s opposition should serve as a timely warning about how a failure to be clinical up front can see you punished.

When these sides met in Dalymount Park in March, Bohs were coasting at 2-0 at half-time and bossed the game for an hour. But given the chances they spurned, their lead could and should have been double that.

And they paid the price when Longford’s supersub Conor Davis capitalised on sloppy play to snatch a share of the spoils.

Last weekend’s composed and clinical performance against Harps is, hopefully, an encouraging sign that Bohs have found their groove both up front and at the back.

But nobody will get carried away by one result. They know they have to be right at it from the off.

Coote added: “The challenge now is to keep that intensity up and to be consistent in every game.

“In previous games, we were giving away silly goals too so it was important for us to get a clean sheet too.

“We were conceding from set pieces so we have worked really hard in training to eradicate that.

“We want to build on that result and the clean sheet, and push on.”

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Stephen Mallon (metatarsal) remains out.

 

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