MICK COOKE wants his Drogheda United side to keep up their good record in cup competitions and get past Bohemians in the FAI Cup tonight.
Drogheda are the holders of the League Cup, have cruised into the last eight of that competition this season with a 6-0 hammering of Longford Town in the last round, and also made it to the final of the Setanta Sports Cup, losing 7-1 to Shamrock Rovers.
Yet league form has been patchy, with only one win in the last six games in the Premier Division, so Cooke is demanding more progress in the cups when his side take on Bohs at Dalymount Park.
"We've been doing well in the cup competitions over the last few seasons and we hope to continue that," he says.
"Obviously there will be a lot of attention on this game as it's only one of two all-Premier Division ties, Pat's and UCD being the other, but we will be hoping to have our names in the draw for the second round draw.
"Tonight gives a few lads a chance to stake a place in the team with our current absentees.
"Bohs won't be any easy test, they have been unlucky with some of their recent results and they are an exciting team to play against," he added.
Drogheda have been in good form in front of goal, scoring 11 times in the last four – but their problem is at the other end, with just one clean sheet in the league all season.
"We seem to have taken over from Cork City in terms of conceding late goals.
"But it's something we are working on in training and trying to put right," said Cooke.