OWEN HEARY (pictured) believes that his Bohemians side need to do some work in the transfer market in the coming weeks if they are to survive in the Premier Division, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.
Friday's 3-0 defeat at home to Shelbourne leaves Bohs only five points off the bottom of the table and the Gypsies – who are, along with St Pats, one of only two clubs never relegated – means that demotion to the second tier is a real prospect unless there's an upturn in form.
Bohs have used more players in the league (25) than any other club, but assistant manager and club captain Heary admits that the squad needs to be freshened up if they are to stay up.
"If we put up more performances like the one we had against Shels, relegation will be an issue for us," said Heary.
"We need players in, we need a centre half and a centre forward. We have good players at the club already, but I think we do need fresh faces.
"Friday was tough to take. To go from the performance of the previous week, when we went to Sligo and came away with a draw, to what happened on Friday against Shels is hard to explain.
"We all have to look at ourselves, I made two bad mistakes, but everything went against us on the night, we had a man sent off, missed a penalty, gave away three goals and overall it was a bad night for us.
"We have to accept that and the only positive for us is that we are still five points ahead of Shels at the bottom, we have a week's break ahead of us now and we need to recharge the batteries, regroup and get going again," added Heary.