OWEN HEARY has given his Bohemians players freedom to express themselves and is reaping the rewards with a flood of goals.
Since their financial collapse in 2010 Bohs have been very slow starters each season, but this year the early signs are good with wins of 5-1, 3-0 and 3-0 from the three competitive games played so far (Leinster Senior Cup, league and League Cup), with new signing Paddy Kavanagh a key figure.
"We have given Paddy a licence to roam, we let him play to his strengths and so far it's working," said Heary, as he prepares his side to face Drogheda United tonight in what is an unexpected top-two battle, Drogheda kicking off their season with a 4-1 win over Dundalk last week.
"The way we play now, the players don't just remain static, what we want is for them to play, to go at teams, we have attacking players in the side and we want to see someone like Paddy Kavanagh get on the ball. It's been a good start to the season, it was nice to get the wins in the two cup games but I would prefer if they were league games and we had nine points on board.
"Hopefully people will appreciate what we are trying to do here at Bohs and they will come out and support us, I would love to see us getting a few more fans through the turnstiles tonight and then have a really good crowd for the next home game, against Shamrock Rovers next week," added Heary. "Drogheda are a good side, they are very strong at the back and with Gary O'Neill and Declan O'Brien up front are a threat."
Veterans like Dave Mulcahy and Jason Byrne have delivered for the side so far this season but the Bohs boss is also enthused by his crop of young players, with teenager Jake Hyland scoring on his debut in Monday's League Cup win over UCD.
"Jake Hyland, Lee Whelan, Paddy Collins will all get a chance this season, Jake did really well in the UCD game and players like that are important for the future here," he said.