“We want to build momentum” says Bohs boss Keith Long

Bohemians go in search of back-to-back league victories for the first time since March 13th, ironically against the same opponents Limerick, when they face Neil McDonald’s side at Dalymount Park tomorrow night.

McDonald takes charge of the Limerick side for the first time since his appointment last week.
Manager Keith Long wants Bohemians to build some momentum and prove Friday’s win was not just a once-off.

Long told bohemianfc of the win over Bray Wanderers, “It was a good win and a very pleasing performance. It’s given the players a big lift and hopefully it’s given everyone in the club and our supporters a lift too.”

“We came from behind to win it and that’s the second time we’ve done that against Bray this season, which is the kind of character we know we need. Bray were second in the table for a reason, so it was a very good result, especially given the run we were on.”

“The challenge now is to build on it. We can’t dwell too much on one result, as we’ve two big games this week.”

The Gypsies came out on top with a 1-0 victory the last time they faced the Shannonsiders in March, but much has changed at the Markets Field club since.

New Limerick manager Neil McDonald has previously bossed the likes of Carlisle and Blackpool and had served on the backroom team of former Limerick manager Sam Allardyce at Bolton, Blackburn and West Ham, and under Iain Dowie at Crystal Palace and Mike Phelan at Hull City.

Long said: “Limerick are not going to be easy opponents. They’ve a new manager who has worked at a very high level and while they lost to Dundalk on Friday, he will have had a few days working with them to try put his own stamp on things.”

“With a new manager, we can’t be sure about what way he will approach the game.”

“Under Martin, they were quite open and expansive. We just have to be ready to adapt to whatever way they set up. But we’re looking forward to it, we want to build a bit of momentum now.”

The return of frontman Dinny Corcoran has increased the optimism levels around the dressing room and understandably so.

Having scored five in five league games at the start of the season, Corcoran had been missing since being forced off with a knee injury against Galway United on St Patrick’s Day.

He got his first start since then against Shamrock Rovers 10 days ago and returned to form with two goals against Bray, dovetailing perfectly with a refreshed and bullish Keith Ward. Corcoran was also today name theleagueofireland.com Player of the Week.

Long said: “It’s great to have Dinny back. We needed that focal point in the team. With us missing Dinny and Izzy Akinade, it wasn’t easy for players being asked to play in an unfamiliar role. But Dinny is a natural centre-forward and a natural goalscorer. We saw that again on Friday. He doesn’t panic in front of goal – his first against Bray was an exceptional finish after a great ball in by Keith.”

“Wardy has probably suffered in Dinny’s absence. They have a brilliant understanding, it’s almost telepathic. The two of them were excellent.”

While Corcoran and Ward took most of the compliments, the boys at the back played their part too.

Long added: “We were disappointed with the goal we conceded against Bray to be fair but, collectively and individually, we were quite solid in defence otherwise. Derek Pender kept Dylan Connolly quiet for most of the night, which is no easy task.”

“We put Ian Morris in at left-back – an unfamiliar role for him – because we thought his height would be an advantage defensively. Dan Byrne and Rob Cornwall were solid in the centre too and Shane Supple, as well as pulling off a few great saves, kept the pressure off the defence by coming forward and collecting corners and crosses.”

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