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Monday 5 December 2016

Forward Akinade's return a boost for Bohs

Keith Long
Keith Long

Keith Long hopes that the return from injury of his key striker will help Bohemians end their painful goal famine.

The Gypsies have gone 570 minutes without a goal, not ideal form as they face up to a test away to Sligo Rovers tonight, their attacking options reduced by a suspension for Mark Quigley.

Last season's top scorer Ismahil Akinade came off the bench in the midweek 1-0 loss to Cork City, following a spell out with injury, and that's a relief for boss Long.

"Izzy hadn't been right for a few weeks so we needed to give him time to recover. He offers us a different dimension to our play and a completely different dynamic up front," says Long.

Bohs did beat Sligo already this season but Rovers had been on form, before the midweek loss to Shamrock Rovers, a concern for the Dalymount Park boss. "I've been very impressed with Sligo any time I've seen them. They will be playing with real confidence, despite the result in Tallaght. But we have to concentrate on our own performance. We are not a million miles off getting it right, but we still have work to do," he added.

Also tonight, Galway United will try to rediscover the form which made them a top-three side for a spell, Galway without a win in three games now as they travel to play Bray Wanderers (7.30).

"We've been through a difficult patch," says Galway manager Tommy Dunne.

"We've been giving away sloppy goals lately, I want us to eradicate those mistakes quickly. It's not good enough."

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