Keegan urges Bohs players to put focus on football
PAUL KEEGAN has called on his team-mates to put the question marks over their futures and the prospect of not being paid this week to one side when Bohemians take on Bray Wanderers at Dalymount Park tonight.
Bohs' off-pitch malaise has been matched by one on it: Pat Fenlon's charges slipped to their second defeat in a row last Friday night when they were beaten 2-0 at home by nine-man Galway -- less than a week after a humbling 3-0 loss to arch-rivals Shamrock Rovers.
"It is difficult when things are going on behind the scenes," said Keegan. "There are lots of rumours and you're not really sure what exactly is going on, but we have to go out there and perform.
"It is a worry in the back of your mind. But, once you cross the line on match day, you put all that behind you. I don't think there was anyone out there against Galway thinking about whether or not they were getting paid.
"It's all about working hard on the pitch and making sure we get the right result. The better we do on the pitch, the better it is off it for the club and I think all of the lads feel that way."
Keegan's performance summed up that of the team against Galway as the midfielder could have had a hat-trick, only to be denied by a string of Barry Ryan saves and goal-line clearances.
Bohs' poor run of form has caused bookmakers Paddy Power to open the market on the successor to Pat Fenlon, but Keegan believes all is not lost on the pitch.
"It's just the way things are going for us at the moment for us," he said. "If we beat Bray, we are right back in it. Our luck will change -- we have a good side here.
"We all have to knuckle down and work even harder to turn things around."