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Pender: We won't wilt against the Lilywhites


Derek Pender

Derek Pender

Derek Pender

Derek Pender has told Bohemians supporters that the side will learn from their weekend disaster at home to Cork City.

An impressive run from Keith Long's side was brought to halt by a 1-0 loss to Cork, Bohs missing out on the chance to make up ground in the title race as the other sides in the top three, Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk, also dropped points over the weekend.

A win in their next game would place the Gypsies just one point behind table-toppers Rovers... but that game is against the reigning champions Dundalk, at home on Friday.

"We are an honest bunch, we will admit that the last performance wasn't good enough and we will look to put it right in the next game," says Pender.


"We have Dundalk at home this week and we have to do a lot better. Dundalk are, in my opinion, the best team in the country still, so we will have to be at our best to get a result.

"Our fans have been brilliant this season, we should have another full house for the Dundalk game and we have to to show our supporters a lot more than we did in our last game.

"We have a young group and nights like Cork at home last week could be the ones we look back on at the end of the season and say that made a difference.

"The Cork game was just one of those nights. I know they had a change of manager in the week of the game and maybe that gave them a lift but that's no excuse.

"We were very poor against Cork, we just weren't at it.

"We didn't go at them, we didn't test them, we didn't create enough chances," added Pender. "Keith Long and Trevor Croly are very demanding of us, they won't let us away with the display we had against Cork, we need to put it right and I am sure we will do that."