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Friday 30 September 2016

Boss Long tells his Bohs side to keep it tight

Bohs boss Keith Long. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Bohs boss Keith Long. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Bohemians showed their attacking side in a midweek win, albeit in a a cup game, against Dundalk, but manager Keith Long wants to see his outfit tighten up at the back.

Bohs have yet to kick into gear in the league but they have been impressive in the cup competitions, first with a 3-1 win over Longford Town in the League Cup and then this week's 4-3 defeat of Dundalk in the Leinster Senior Cup, where Kurtis Byrne scored a stunning hat-trick.

"We still need to tighten up defensively and that has to start from the front," Long said ahead of tonight's visit to his former club Bray Wanderers (7.30pm), the Bohs boss pleased with elements of last week's league win over Longford.

"It wasn't perfect. But we showed more of what we're capable of. We were delighted to keep a clean sheet but we got away with some errors that might have been punished against other teams. But with that two-goal cushion, you could see that the players were really playing with confidence."

Bohs have yet to win away this season but Dundalk's away record is blemish-free, something which manager Stephen Kenny wants to sustain in Longford tonight (7.30pm). "We have a 100% record away from home this season. We have had three straight away wins in Bray, Wexford and Inchicore. Three great away wins and we have to take that into this weekend," said Kenny. "We want to keep our record going away from home and return to winning ways. Longford always give us a tough game that's for sure and we are expecting no different."

Dundalk are without Chris Shields, Patrick McEleney and John Mountney.

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