PREVIEW: BOHEMIANS v DROGHEDA UTD

Bohemians v Sligo Rovers - SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

Bohemians know they need to make their chances count tonight as they chase the consistency that has eluded them so far this season.

On Monday, Bohs looked to follow up on Friday’s fine 2-1 win against Sligo Rovers when they travelled to face St Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park.

But despite dominating possession and goal-scoring opportunities in the first half, Bohs inexplicably went in trailing 2-0 at the break before eventually succumbing to a 3-0 defeat.

Manager Keith Long said: “The season so far has been a rollercoaster to say the least. Good performances have not been backed up and we have been very inconsistent, which is a frustration for all of us.

“Last week against Sligo I thought we were excellent, playing the game with high intensity, high tempo, high energy and a directness about our play. We deservedly won the game and should have done so by more.

“On Monday, despite losing heavily against St Pat’s, I felt there were many positives to take from the game. We dominated in every facet especially in the first half, creating chance after chance with their keeper making some outstanding saves.

“On another night, we could have won the game comfortably. St Pat’s capitalised on a mistake early in the game and in additional time of the first half, we knocked off from a throw-in and got punished.

“Goals win games and while we dominated possession and chances created, Pat’s took their chances and that’s the only stat that matters.

“The goals we conceded from our perspective were very much avoidable, which was disappointing.

“In the second half, we lacked the energy to carry the game to Pat’s in the manner that we did in the first half and we found it difficult to break them down when they got bodies behind the ball and looked to hit us on the counter attack.

“It is more difficult to chase down a game than to defend a lead especially after the exertions of the previous Friday against Sligo.

“There can be no excuses though and we are looking to sign off before a short break with a good performance and a win at home.

“I cannot fault the players for their efforts, they have worked extremely hard and are doing all they can to improve.”

Tonight, they face Kevin Doherty’s Drogheda team who caused one of the shocks of the season when they beat league leaders Shamrock Rovers on Monday.

Long added: “Drogheda are enjoying a good season in Kevin’s first year in charge at the club and will provide a tough test for us buoyed by a good win against Rovers on Monday night.”

TEAM NEWS

Bohemians are without Kris Twardek (hamstring) and Grant Horton (knee) but are hopeful Stephen Mallon (ankle) and Sam Packham (calf) may return.

 

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