BOHEMIANS winger Karl Moore believes that his side's ability to pull off results against the top teams can see them through tonight's Dublin derby against league leaders St Patrick's Athletic and secure survival.
Inactive last weekend due to their non-involvement in the FAI Cup, Bohs get back to the business of their relegation battle as they face the tough prospect of a cross-city trip to face St Pat's at Inchicore. Liam Buckley's side have a stunning record at Richmond Park, with just two points dropped – and only one goal conceded – at the venue in the last six league games.
Throughout the season, Bohs have shown themselves capable of earning points on the road against the top sides: this term they've drawn away to the league leaders (Pat's), reigning champions (Sligo Rovers) and previous champions (Shamrock Rovers) but are equally capable of struggling against bottom-half sides (Shelbourne, UCD, Cork City, Limerick and Drogheda have all won at Dalymount).
Owen Heary identified that weakness when he was appointed Bohs boss and former Manchester City man Moore says it's something they are working on.
"It is strange that we can go to Sligo or Tallaght or Inchicore and get a really good result but then let ourselves down at home," says Moore, hoping to be reinstated in the Bohs XI after he was suspended for last week's win over his former club Shamrock Rovers.
"I think when we go to play Pat's or Rovers we know we're in for a real battle. We all raise our game and can pull off a result, but when we're at home to the teams around us, the onus is on us to go and win the game and sometimes we go into our shells a bit and let teams dictate.
"But I know we can get something from Pat's tonight, we did it away to them early in the season and I know we can do it again," added Moore.
He admits that a suspension for veteran – and former Saints hero – Dave Mulcahy will weaken Bohs tonight as Mulcahy stood out in last week's win over Rovers, but Moore hopes that the win over the Hoops can be a turning point in the season.
"The Rovers game at Dalymount was amazing. I was gutted not to be part of it as I was suspended but everyone at the club has been given a lift by that," he says.
"It was only three points but the fact that we played so well, and defended so well, is a huge bonus for us."
Bohs will have to reshape their side due to Mulcahy's absence, but Ryan McEvoy – who missed out in the last game due to illness – returns while Daniel Byrne, an impressive debutant against Rovers, could get another chance.