Friday 19 January 2018

Furious Fenlon questions Gypsies' desire after Galway reverse

Neil Ahern

A FURIOUS Bohemians manager Pat Fenlon slammed his players and questioned their desire in the wake of Friday's 3-2 home defeat by Galway United.

Bohs' second successive league defeat wasn't without controversy, with two of their players receiving red cards in the final moments, but Fenlon was more concerned with the performance.

"We got beaten by our biggest rivals last week -- and it hurt like hell. But I'm just wondering did it hurt everybody, because I didn't get that response.

"We're not defending properly, we're not showing enough desire to stop conceding goals and that's not good enough for this club. If we're not careful we're going to find ourselves in a very dodgy position," warned Fenlon.

"To concede three goals at Dalymount is unheard of for us and it's not acceptable."

Fenlon (left) is looking for a big improvement in the second leg of their Setanta Sports Cup semi-final against Linfield at Windsor Park tonight.

"We haven't got the players to make sweeping changes. We have to work on what we're failing on at the moment," he said. "We'll bring in some young guys, like Gary Burke and Stephen Traynor, into the squad and see can we get them some game time. It would be a good experience for them."


Linfield v Bohemians

(Windsor Pk, Live Setanta Ire, 7.45)

League form: Linfield WLWWW Bohs WDDLL.

Betting: Linfield 11/4 Bohs 5/6 Draw 9/4.

Referee: D Malcolm (IFA).

Team news: Bohs must plan without cup-tied Steven Gray, Gareth McGlynn and Ruaidhri Higgins. Mark Rossiter and Killian Brennan are expected to return.

Talking point: Pat Fenlon fears the Gypsies will be "hammered" if they play like they did against Galway. He's expecting a big reaction from his players.

Verdict: Home win.


Galway United v Dundalk

(Terryland Park, 7.45)

League form: Galway LLDDW Dundalk WDDWL

Betting: Galway 9/5 Dundalk 13/10 Draw 21/10

Referee: P Sutton (Clare).

Team News: Thomas Heary (knee) and Gary Curran (knee) are doubtful for the hosts, while Stephen O'Donnell is suspended. The Lilywhites are still without Alan Cawley (cheekbone) and Tiarnan Mulvenna (knee).

Talking Point: A superb victory over Bohemians on Friday night could prove a turning point in the Tribesmen's season, as may Dundalk's first defeat of the season to Fingal.

Verdict: Draw.

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