| 6.7°C Dublin

Lyons confident Bohs can kick on after morale-boosting revival

BOHEMIANS forward Chris Lyons believes that a young Gypsies side have overcome their crisis of confidence after a testing run of games.

Bohs head into the next phase of the league hoping that successive away games against Drogheda United (tonight) and UCD (Tuesday) can see Aaron Callaghan's side – who are fourth from bottom – move up the table.

A few weeks ago, Bohs were on a downward spiral as a run of four defeats in five games left their morale bruised, but a haul of four points from the last two games has lifted spirits.

And it's no coincidence that their improvement happened as former UCD man Lyons returned to the starting XI after a five-week absence due to injury.

"I'm just putting in a shift like everyone else, I can't claim the credit. I'm just happy that we managed to stop losing games as it was tough for a few weeks there," says Lyons, who suffered an injury against Shamrock Rovers, just three games into the new season after his move from UCD over the winter.

"I got a badly bruised ankle early in the game against Rovers and it took a long time to heal. I'm still not at 100pc in terms of fitness but I am getting there."

Bohs had lost three in row, conceding eight goals along the way, before the rot was stopped with a narrow win at home to Bray last Friday, and Bohs built on that by getting a morale-boosting win away to Pat's.

"It's all about confidence, we definitely lost our confidence there for a while," says Lyons, who scored once in 23 games for UCD last term but has managed three for Bohs already this term. "We went on a bad run, losing four in five, and I think it was even harder for us as two of the games were on the TV so we got a lot more exposure than you'd expect.



"It helped us that the fans stayed on board with us and didn't get on our backs, I think the Bohs supporters appreciate that we're a young side and we're doing the best we can.

"Now we have repaid them with a couple of results and we're confident ahead of the next two matches as we can draw on the Pat's game at the start of the week.

"We are a young side in comparison to Pat's. They have a lot more experience than us and we are still learning the game at this level. We are making mistakes at crucial times, conceding from set pieces and things like that, but hopefully we can learn from them and move up the table now.

"It was great to come away from Richmond Park on Monday with a point. We're on a good run now and we'll take that into the next two games.

"We had to work hard for the point on Monday and we rode our luck at times. Pat's had lots of chances, hit the bar and our keeper had to make a few saves but we stood firm and defended well," added Lyons.

Bohs have made some changes to their squad as Stephen Paisley, Darragh Hanaphy and Niall Forrester have all left the squad, veteran defender Paisley has departed due to work commitments after only four appearances, while teenagers Adam Kelly and Michael Scott have been promoted to the first-team squad.