Thursday 27 October 2016

Caulfield wary of Bohs threat

Bohemians manager Keith Long will be aiming to heap further misery on Cork City in today's Premier Division clash at Dalymount Park (kick-off 5.10pm).

City suffered their first defeat of the season last week to reigning champions Dundalk at a packed Turner's Cross.

And Bohs boss Long knows that a win this evening will see the Gypsies leapfrog the Leesiders into third place in the final game of the League's first phase.

Bohs' confidence will be high after a 2-1 victory away to Derry City last Friday week in which Kealan Dillon's spectacular volley grabbed all the headlines.

City boss John Caulfield will have to plan without the services of captain John Dunleavy, who sustained a knee injury in the defeat to Dundalk and will be out for four months.

Caulfield (left) said: "We go to Bohemians on Monday, which is a very difficult venue for us. They have started exceptionally well and they are only a point behind us. The crucial thing for us is how we react; last year after a defeat, we reacted very, very well.

"Keith (Long) is a guy who has been around the league a long time and knows the league inside out. He would have kept Athlone up if he had not gone in so late, so he did fantastically well there.

"He's held onto a nucleus of maybe eight or nine players at Bohs and brought some more in from Athlone. I've seen them a couple of times and they have a great attitude. They're not spectacular, they work really hard, look like a really honest bunch of guys and they have got fantastic results."

Champions Dundalk, meanwhile, entertain Bray Wanderers at Oriel Park (kick-off 3.0pm)

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