Saturday 7 December 2019

Back to our best: Long

Keith Long. Pic: Sportsfile
Keith Long. Pic: Sportsfile

Bohemians boss Keith Long hopes that Friday's record-breaking win over UCD was a sign that his side have found their feet again.

A return of one win from six league games had caused Bohs to drop out of the top three but they have found their scoring touch of late, a 3-2 win over Shelbourne in the FAI Cup two weeks ago and Friday's 10-1 demolition of UCD, an all-time record score for the club and the first time since 1960 that a side scored 10 goals in a league game.

"I hope that is more like the real us," says Long, his side back in action tonight when they face Dundalk away in the semi-final of the EA Sports Cup, where Derry City await the winners of this tie in the final.

"Friday was a great night for us, some good attacking play, we capitalised on the opportunities that we created, and had two goals at half time," said Long.

"We asked the boys to go for it again in the second half and they got their rewards.

"We were aggressive on and off the ball, the win helps our goal difference, and that's more like it, some of our attacking play was really good," he added.

"It was all pleasing but it was great to see Danny Mandroiu get a hat-trick, it's good to see your No. 1 hit double figures for goals, and it was great to see Keith Ward and Ross Tierney come off the bench," added Long.

He is likely to rotate his squad for the trip to Dundalk, keeper James Talbot out through suspension.

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