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Bohs' inability to score a big worry, admits Callaghan

AARON CALLAGHAN admits that he is concerned by the seven-game scoring drought endured by his Bohemians side.

The Gypsies remain bottom of the Premier Division with only one point, and no goals scored, in five league games, while they have also drawn a blank in two Setanta Sports Cup games.

If Bohs lose their next game, at home to Cork City on Friday, they will equal their modern-era record for a bad start to the season, when they gained just one point from the first six games of the 1998/99 season and needed to beat Cobh Ramblers in a relegation play-off to stay in the top flight.

"It is a concern that we haven't scored," says Callaghan (inset), who admits that he's not in a position to strengthen his panel.

"I would love to sign a striker, if I had a few pounds. We are looking around as we speak but we need to make sure that someone new would strengthen the team. I have made some calls in terms of a loan, but you have costs attached to that as well and at this moment in time we have to work within the parameters of our budget.

"When you take over a new team you have to build from the bottom up so we placed a lot of emphasis on defence and midfield in the last few weeks, and now we have to concentrate on working from midfield forward.

"The club is in a huge transition period on and off the park, everyone knows that, we are united in one purpose and that is making sure that the club survives. The club surviving, in terms of the debt that they have, is the big picture, and the football philosophy that I am trying to embed will take time," he said.

The fixture list, which pitted Bohs against Derry City, Shelbourne, Sligo Rovers, St Pats and Shamrock Rovers in the opening five weeks did the team little favours, Callaghan said.

"There are no easy games in the league but unfortunately for us we have had to play the top four from last season so early in the season and those clubs have all strengthened their squads," he added.