'We didn't give enough back to the fans' - Bohemians' Derek Pender reflects on Cup defeat to Rovers
BOHEMIANS captain Derek Pender admits that his side let the club's supporters down with their flat display in Friday's FAI Cup semi-final loss to Shamrock Rovers.
For the second year in a row, Bohs fell at the semi-final stage, losing 2-0 at home to the Hoops, a bad night all round for the Phibsboro club as Derry City's win at home to Cork City saw them move into third place in the league, at the expense of Bohs.
Keith Long's side can still achieve Europa League qualification via the league, but veteran Pender admits that Friday was sub par.
"We weren't good enough, we didn't have a shot in the second half, that's nowhere near good enough," Pender told independent.ie.
"There was a big build-up to the game, we were at home, we had a great crowd behind us, but we just made bad decisions all night, we didn't do enough from set plays.
"It's frustrating that we didn't play well enough on the night. We haven't been playing well for the last few weeks but that's poor from us and we didn't give enough back to the fans, who have been magnificent with us all season.
"Even the fact that the corner for their first goal should have been a goal kick for us, that's not an excuse, we still should have defended the corner."
Third place would secure Bohs a place in Europe for the first time since 2012 and that has to be the target, Pender says.
"We need to regroup, win some games and make it to third place," he said. "We have some great young players in that group, they are learning all the time, hopefully they will learn from Friday night and put that to use in their careers, hopefully they can go a step further and make it to finals, win things with this club.
"We have a lot to play for over the last four league games, we need to clear our heads from the Rovers game, be sharp again and win some games."