Updated: 14/04/18 : 09:17:51Printable Version
2018 season prospects just got worse, without them even kicking a ball last night, Friday
Bohemian FC took all three points at Shamrock Rovers in real ‘sucker punch’ style, in the 99th minute.
The last-gap drama and 2-1 came in a game televised live by Eir, a game which Shamrocks led for a long time.
It lifted a sluggish season for Bohemian and bounced them well away, for now anyway, from the reaches of relegation.
Tonight’s game in LImerick suddenly takes on a ‘six pointer’ status for Sligo Rovers, hugely important for the winner.
But a draw would be no disgrace either; the importance task is to ‘stay within reach.’
With just two wins after nine games, the Bit o’ Red barely qualify in the latter category.
They are leaking just under two goals per game, while up front it is less than one scored every ninety minutes.
Rovers have failed to score in their three most recent SSE Airtricity
League contests — approaching 300 barren minutes for the Bit o’ Red
Only the form of returned David Cawley has saved the season from being a total failure.
In team news, Rovers are without Lewis Morrison due to an ankle problem. Assistant manager Kevin Deery will serve the first of a three-game touchline ban.
Gerard Lyttle said: “Last week we let our fans and a lot of people close to the club down. I’m the first to admit that and the responsibility that comes with it. It wasn’t good enough and completely unacceptable.
“We have tried to be positive this week and it has been. The players have been working hard, they’ve trained well. As i’ve said throughout I believe in them, their ability and I stand by it.
“We have to add to the mental side of it and I know we’re a lot better than what we’ve shown. There is not much between the teams in the league and I think it’ll be a tight game.
“The pitch hasn’t been great apparently but it’s the same for both teams and we’ll not use it as an excuse – we have had enough of them – we have to go out and do enough to win the game and I believe we can do that.”
Lyttle said of being without Deery on the bench: “It’s frustrating but there is nothing we can do about it now and we have to move on.
“Kevin got three games when another manager was given one game for what looked to be a more serious offence. It shows a lack of consistency.
“But again, that should not be a distraction to us. Our focus is on the game and whatever circumstances around should not matter. It’s about our performance and the result and that’s the message going down there.”