Table means nothing when we play Bohs – McGuinness
SHAMROCK ROVERS defender Jason McGuinness believes that the Hoops are a stronger unit this year but accepts that form can be irrelevant when it comes to a derby with Bohemians.
The Dublin rivals meet at Tallaght Stadium this evening with the hosts seeking to keep up with the pace in an intriguing title race. Table toppers Dundalk meet Sligo Rovers at Oriel Park tonight in another game that should draw a large crowd.
Bohs are third from bottom and won't be involved at the business end this year but McGuinness knows to expect a tough test.
"Things change in derby matches, don't they?" said the centre-half, who has represented both camps in this particular rivalry. "Especially for this one, people put in a bit more effort than they normally would do.
"We know there is rivalry there and what it means to both sets of fans. But for us as professionals we have just got to focus on doing our job right."
Dundalk's seven-goal thrashing of Drogheda United on Tuesday made a bold statement about their ambition. McGuinness is conscious that their fans would like to see Rovers put in that kind of attacking performance.
"We can understand that fans would like to see us hit teams for three or four, and I think that will come," he added. "But the bottom line is, if we score one we get three points and they score seven they get the same amount of points.
"We are not looking around at other teams this year – that's another thing I've noticed. We are trying to just focus on what we're doing and playing to the best of our abilities and improving.
"There seems to be a real togetherness about the squad and we are working really hard on the training pitch every day.
"We are improving as well. I can't put my finger on one particular thing but we are a close bunch of lads and that could be the factor that is helping us."