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Keith plays the long game


Keith Long

Keith Long

Keith Long

Keith Long admits it will be some time before his new signings at Bohemians get a full grasp of what's required at Dalymount Park.

Kurtis Byryne and Mark Quigley made their debuts - Quigley back for a second spell at the club - in last week's 2-0 loss away to Cork City, Bohs very much off the pace defensively on the night.

"We know we're not the finished article yet. We are still integrating new signings and we're looking to improve," says manager Long ahead of the club's first home league game of 2016, against a new-look Sligo Rovers this evening.

"It's been a long off-season and it's our first home game. Supporters have being waiting for Friday night football at Dalymount Park for months now. We will be doing our level best to win and give them a good performance," he added, hoping to see a response after the defeat in Cork.

"We don't have to pick the players up after last week - that comes from within. The team are feeling positive and are looking forward to it. We went to watch Sligo and were somewhat unlucky to lose by two goals having had two players sent off. They've good players and played well, but we have identified areas we hope to exploit too."

Long has to make one change to his XI as Roberto Lopes, sent off last weekend, is suspended, so Aymen Ben Mohamed may come in for his debut. Sligo also have disciplinary issues with two players suspended following red cards in last week's loss.