Saturday 16 December 2017

Bohs boss baffled by cup defeat

A DREAM of the treble is over but Pat Fenlon believes that his Bohemians side will bounce back from Friday's FAI Cup semi-final defeat to Sligo Rovers and push on in the league campaign.

Bohs were second best from start to finish at home to Sligo and the Showgrounds club deservedly won a place in next month's Cup final, so Bohs will not get the chance to add the FAI Cup to the Setanta Cup which has already been secured, and the league title is now the main focus.

"We have two league games left and we have to win both of them to win the league, simple as that. The players know the job in hand so I have no worries about them showing their true worth in Galway next Friday night," said Fenlon.

"I don't know what happened to us on Friday, it's hard to put your finger on it. We just didn't get to the levels we have been at in the last few games, normally I can't fault my players in terms of effort or work-rate but on Friday night we didn't do that," added Fenlon.

On Friday night Bohs travel west to take on Galway United, and even though Galway appear to be in freefall with four successive defeats, Fenlon is very wary of Sean Connor's side.

"I have been involved in the game long enough to know what Friday will be like," he says. "It doesn't matter what run of form a team are on, if a club is coming to their home ground looking to win a league they will put up a real fight, it would be the same if someone was coming to Bohemians hoping to win the league, so we'll have a hard game in Galway no matter how many games they've lost.

"And we haven't beaten Galway yet this season so that will have to change on Friday if we are going to win the title."

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