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Evan battles Gypsy curse

IN-FORM Bohemians defender Evan McMillan believes that his side can finally lift the Tallaght Stadium curse and come away from Shamrock Rovers' home with a three-point haul.

Bohs face into their second Dublin derby against a side chasing a European spot when they take on Rovers in Tallaght, following on from Friday's 3-2 defeat at home to St Pats.

The Gypsies have played Rovers seven times since the place opened in 2009 and their record is lost six and drawn one, as their only win at Tallaght was in the Setanta Cup final when they beat St Pats.

Current form -- Bohs have lost four of their last five league games -- would not lead to over-confidence in the Bohs camp ahead of another away day in Tallaght, but with memories of their 4-0 win at home to Rovers in June still fresh, McMillan says his side can triumph in Tallaght.



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"Bohs have never won a first team game in Tallaght against Rovers. That's something the players are aware of and that stat is driving us on for this game tonight," says McMillan.

"We played Rovers off the park in our last game with them, that 4-0 win, and while their form has really improved since then I think we can give them a game tonight.

"The win over Rovers was such an amazing night for us. The players know what it meant to the fans to get that win and with such a big scoreline there was a brilliant atmosphere in the team and in the club overall after that and we want another taste of that.

"Going to Tallaght and winning is hard, not many teams win there and Bohs haven't won there, but I think we have the players to do it.

"We have young lads in the side who know no fear. They will relish the chance to play in front of a big crowd against Rovers.

"Within the camp we have spoken about how we need the young lads to step up, be brave and not make excuses. I know that some of the young lads in our side are capable of playing at a higher level and tonight is a chance for them to show that," he added.

A close-season arrival from St Pats, McMillan has been a key figure for Bohs this term and, with five league goals, is their leading scorer as the former UCD man has been converted from central defence to a striker in recent games.

"It's not easy playing up there but it's enjoyable. I used to play in central midfield as a schoolboy and would only go up front for a few minutes here and there but it's going well at the moment," added McMillan, who scored a wonder goal in Friday's loss to Pats.

"Friday against Pats was a great game to play in, it was one of our better performances in the last few weeks and it was devastating to come away with nothing," he said. "We deserved at least a draw, but we've been conceding silly goals lately. Hopefully we can stop conceding."


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