Thursday 29 September 2016

Timlin: Our performance against Bohs in last match was a disgrace

Published 26/08/2016 | 02:30

Mark Timlin. Photo: Inpho
Mark Timlin. Photo: Inpho

It is almost three months to the day since Bohemians hit five past their Dublin rivals St Pat's and although plenty has happened since then, the nightmare has stayed with Mark Timlin.

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The 21-year-old who is in his first season with Pat's started the humiliating defeat at Dalymount Park and as the sides get set to meet again in Inchicore this evening, revenge is very much the order of the day.

It's been a mixed bag for the Saints this season as new faces like Timlin look to find their feet but their recent form would suggest that there won't be a repeat of the 5-1 drubbing.

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"We definitely owe them one," he insisted. "That was a disgrace, to be honest. It was a Dublin derby and I don't think there was a tackle put in on our behalf, never mind a performance. We definitely owe them one.

"For the whole group and the staff and fans, it's been such a frustrating season. You said yourself, the players in the group and the squad we have, we shouldn't be halfway down the table at all. We should be right up there.

"It's hard to take every time you look at the league table. I never thought I'd be looking at it and be saying, 'Jesus, we're sixth or seventh'. I think teams had copped on to us to be honest and we were playing into their hands.

"We shouldn't be that far off but unfortunately that's where it is and we have to finish the season strong."

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Despite their poor start to the campaign, there is still plenty left for Pat's to play for. A League Cup final against Limerick beckons, as does an FAI Cup quarter-final as well as the final push for a place in Europe.

"I think we're still in the mix for that spot in Europe but we've left ourselves a tough task in getting there," Timlin said. "But I think there is a belief that if we can continue this form then we can get it and then we won't have to rely on getting the Cup."

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