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Friday 26 May 2017

Pender: We're not going down

Bohs and Saints relegation worries eased

Bohemians captain Derek Pender celebrates his side’s victory after their SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match against Bray Wanderers at Dalymount Park last Friday. Bohs travel to Limerick tonight. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Bohemians captain Derek Pender celebrates his side’s victory after their SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match against Bray Wanderers at Dalymount Park last Friday. Bohs travel to Limerick tonight. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

The club's record of having never been relegated may be under threat, but it won't be relinquished easily by Bohemians, according to the club's longest-serving player.

An already-poor season was looking even more ugly early in the second half of Friday's game at home to Bray Wanderers, Bohs 2-0 down and - seemingly - on the way to a third successive defeat.

But a stirring fightback, secured with goals from Dinny Corcoran (2) and Keith Ward, got Bohs their first win of the season and, crucially, got them off the bottom of the table so they head south to play Limerick today level with the Blues and Shamrock Rovers.

"We are staying up, we can't think any other way," says Bohs captain Derek Pender, particularly relieved to see his side grind out the win as he was at fault for Bray's second goal, from impressive winger Dylan Connolly.

"There's a bit of a mini-league around the bottom where every point it vital. We needed to get something from that game to take to Limerick, we need a result in Limerick tonight to bring us into Friday's game with Galway. It's going to be tough but we are serious about what we are doing here.

"With teams like Pat's and Sligo getting a point, it was so important for us to get something at home to Bray.

Invested

"We knew it was a winnable game, we just had to go and beat them. I know Bray have invested a lot of money into the team and bought good players, but it's still Bohs v Bray at the end of the day and we should be beating them when they come to Dalymount.

"We have to improve our defending. I have to take some of the stick, I don't know what I was doing for the second goal, my head was wrecked. The manager didn't need to have a go at me after the game, I knew myself what I had done, it was stupid from me.

"It was great character to come back, great quality from Keith and Dinny to get us the win, but we can't do that every week, giving teams a 2-0 lead.

"We had the feeling that it was our night, we were better than Bray, but stupid mistakes cost us and we have to cut them out.

"Character and adrenaline will get you so far but you can't come to rely on that to get you out of trouble. We are a decent side and we will get better but we need to stop the mistakes."

With pressure eased in Dublin 7, there was also relief in Dublin 8 as St Pat's managed their first point of the season, a 1-1 draw in Sligo which breeds confidence for tonight's test at home to Finn Harps.

"We're a bit disappointed that we didn't win on Friday, given the pressure we had them under in the second half," says manager Liam Buckley.

"The overall performance was a lot more like us, compared to the previous few weeks. The first two games passed us by, we were like rabbits caught in headlights but we have improved.

"We deserved three points, only got one but we move on to tonight," he added.

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