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Friday 22 September 2017

Long wants Dalymount roar

Bohemians manager Keith Long
Bohemians manager Keith Long

Keith Long knows that his Bohemians side need a spell of Home Rule if their rise up the league table is to continue.

Relegation fears at Dalymount Park have eased, largely thanks to last week's win away to St Patrick's Athletic, leaving Bohs with a seven-point gap between themselves and the drop zone.

Next up for Bohs is a game at Dalymount Park against Sligo Rovers tonight, but home advantage has been no advantage to the Phibsboro side this season: they have managed only two wins, and scored a paltry eight goals, in nine home games,while they have won five of their nine away matches.

"Our away form has been really good and we need to replicate that in Dalymount. I am not sure why we can't, and I don't want to make a big thing about as it gets into people's heads," says Long.

"You look at the support that we took to Richmond Park last Friday and it was brilliant, we want to give those fans something to cheer, the players thrive on that support.

"But we need to get that going at home, have the great scenes that we saw in the away end at the Pat's game at our home games. If we can get our home form up, we will climb the table," added Long.

"The fact that we came from behind to beat St Pat's away last week says a lot about the character of the players, they showed real hunger. But sometimes I'd like us to get the opening goal, see can we go from there."

Sligo come to Dublin looking for their first win in six games, needing something to stay clear of the relegation zone.

The Bit O' Red were held to a 1-1 draw by fellow strugglers Galway United last Friday and could be rocked further by the loss of midfielder Kieran Sadlier who has been linked with Cork City and Dundalk.

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