OWEN HEARY has called on his Bohemians squad to react to last week's FAI Cup defeat at the hands of St Patrick's Athletic by coming up with a strong finish to their league campaign.
The Gypsies' chance of a trophy and European qualification ended with that 3-2 loss away to Pats in the FAI Cup, and the main focus of their remaining games this season will be how the European-chasing sides like Shamrock Rovers, St Patrick's Athletic and Cork City fare against Bohs.
"We don't just want to see the season out. This will be a test of the players and ourselves, how we respond after being knocked out and, it might seem, with nothing much to play for," says Heary, his side in action away to bottom side Athlone Town tonight.
"Our job as coaching staff is to pick them up and get them focused on the league games. Last year the target was to avoid relegation, this year eighth or better, next year we'll be aiming to go higher. If we can keep the basis of the team we now have for next season, we can improve further."
Athlone take on Bohs knowing that a win could take them off the bottom of the table for the first time this season, a chance for Town to go ahead of UCD.