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Heary: Lack of goals a big worry

BOHEMIANS captain Owen Heary admits that the Gypsies' lack of goals this season is a cause for concern.

After two rounds of games in the 2012 league season, Bohs are one of three teams stuck on no points after successive defeats, first to Derry City and then at home to Shelbourne last Friday night.

The blank points tally is a worry but so is the fact that Bohs have failed to score in the league -- and in all competitions this season, they've scored just three times in five games.

"We need to start scoring and we need to do it soon," said Heary, who will take a step back from his playing career and don his coaching cap tonight as he will be in charge of the Bohs side that plays Shamrock Rovers in the Leinster Senior Cup at Tallaght Stadium.

"The longer you go without scoring, the more nervous and worried players get. Our next home game is against St Pats and if we don't get something from the game away to Sligo next weekend we could be going into the Pats game with no goals and no points.

"You might need to have a more attacking approach and go for it in games, you could still lose the match but I think it would be better to lose big by having a go than by sitting back.

"We have played well in the two league games but we still have no points. I'd prefer if we'd played badly and had a couple of points on board."


Bohs have only one recognised senior striker on board at the moment, former Drogheda and Sporting Fingal man Dinny Corcoran, so it's hoped that younger forwards such as John O'Connor and David Byrne can contribute, while Heary has high hopes for teenage striker Daniel Mahon.

Bohs fans will get a clearer idea of whether the next generation of Bohs stars can make a difference as the Gypsies will effectively field their U19 side against Rovers tonight, though some senior players who are on the way back from injury, such as Keith Buckley and Dave Mulcahy, could feature against the Hoops.

"We have some great young players at the club, but this will be a good test for them tonight as I'd expect Rovers to have a strong side with a few senior players," said Heary.

"You can only get experience by playing, so these lads have to try and learn. You could see the difference that experience made in the Shels game on Friday. The Shels side had players who had that experience. They were able to dig in when they weren't playing so well, get a goal and hang on and then get a second goal, and we have to try and learn that too. But you only get to that level with experience."

One player who has caught the eye this season is young left back Luke Byrne, who has featured in four of the five games so far. There are already reports that cross-channel clubs, desperate not to miss out on the next James McClean, are already tracking the former Home Farm man.

"Luke has a great chance in the game and I know that people are already looking at him," said Heary.

"I wouldn't like to stand in the way of a player's progress but if he can stay here for a year and get games, it would be a huge benefit to him."