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Monday 26 September 2016

Bohs star Adam Evans: 'Hopefully we can stay up where we are'

Adam Evans
Adam Evans

ADAM Evans says that his high-flying Bohemians side are looking up, not down, the league table after a stunning start to the season.

Keith Long's side have been the surprise team in the 2015 season, Bohs up to second in the table and a return of seven wins from nine games in league and cup.

A tight defence, with six clean sheets in seven league games, has played a part but so has the impressive young forward Evans, who has at last found his feet at Dalymount Park after a bedding-in period last season. And with big games against St Patrick's Athletic and Sligo Rovers on the way, Evans says the Gypsies have no plans to relinquish that hard-earned spot in the top two.

"We want to keep pushing as high as we can. Hopefully we can stay up where we are and I see no reason why not," says Evans.

"Dundalk is the only game where things haven't gone our way, so it's been a good start. We were in good shape in pre-season and I'm not surprised at how well we have started.

"We have two big games on the way now, Pats and Sligo, and if we can get two good results there we'll be in a good position. We're in a good place now in the league but we want to push away from the teams below us."

Evans, 20, joined Bohs last summer after largely frustrating spells with Burnley and Inverness Caledonian Thistle, and it took him time to bed in.

But he's wasted no time this season as he started the first six league games of the new campaign (scoring twice) and he had an instant reaction to being dropped for last Friday's game at home to Longford Town as he came off the bench and scored.

"It is hard when you come home from England or Scotland. Over there it's all about the football, when you're back here you're with your family and you have other distractions," he says.

"I needed that six months at Bohs last year to get used to being home again, I had time to think and to work on my fitness. I think it does take you time to find your feet.

"Keith Long and Graham O'Hanlon have been great to me, being honest I was never match-fit when I was at Bohs last season, I wasn't really able for a full game but I had a good pre-season and I'm in great shape now.

"This is an important time for me now, I'm nearly 21 and I need to get games to push my career on," he added.

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