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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Another away day welcome as Bohs look up the table

ROAD TRIP: (l-r) Bohemians’ Rob Cornwall and Dinny Corcoran. Photo: SPORTSFILE
ROAD TRIP: (l-r) Bohemians’ Rob Cornwall and Dinny Corcoran. Photo: SPORTSFILE

It's another Friday spent on the motorways of Ireland as Bohemians prepare for a trek beyond the Pale to play Limerick.

But there are no moans from the Gypsies squad about another away day as it's their form outside of Dalymount Park which has helped the side keep their heads above water this season.

Four wins and a draw from five away games from Bohs is the sort of return which would normally have a side competing for Europe, but Dalymount Park has been anything but homely this term, with just one win from the last nine home league games.

Bohs striker admits to being puzzled by those records.

"I think it was the same last season, we were really good away but struggled at home and I don't know what it is," says Corcoran, the side's leading scorer with four goals this term.

"Our fans are great but maybe players feel extra pressure playing in front of the home supporters.

"We do pick up more points away so we're not too worried, once we get the points from somewhere. Most teams get their success from the home record and we just can't win, or score, in Dalymount - maybe it's just luck."

Keith Long's side, who can call on keeper Shane Supple for tonight's game despite his involvement in the Ireland squad for tomorrow's international against the USA, went through a sticky spell of late, with one point from four games at one stage.

But things seem to have turned recently, with wins over Sligo and Bray, a draw at home to Shamrock Rovers and a good display, albeit ending in defeat, against Dundalk.

"I think we are gelling as a team now," says Corcoran.

"We had a slow start, which happens when new players come in, but we are on a good run and we hope we can keep that up in Limerick tonight.

"The point at home to Rovers last week was great, even though it was a very poor game. We deserved something from it and we showed real character by not dropping the heads when we went 1-0 down.

"My own form is getting better, I am still working on my fitness, and I haven't got to the levels I had last season. I should have more than four goals by now, so I am looking to improve," added Corcoran, eager to see Dylan Watts stay if Bohs can extend his loan deal from Leicester City.

"If we can hold on to Dylan it would be great for us, he's adapted so well to the league since he came back. He's a great player to have in your team for a striker as he's so creative. If we can keep Dylan until the end of the season it would really help us."

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