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Monday 18 December 2017

Bohs out to make amends

Bohemians’ Roberto Lopes Photo: Sportsfile
Bohemians’ Roberto Lopes Photo: Sportsfile

The Bohemians players served up some great nights for their supporters in a thrilling season last year but redemption is more of a target for the Gypsies players this week.

The positive vibes from last week's win over Sligo Rovers, where Kurtis Byrne came up with an early contender for goal of the season, didn't last long as Bohs were simply awful in their next game, a tame 3-0 loss to St Patrick's Athletic on Monday night.

So for club veteran Roberto Lopes, tonight's game at home to bottom side Wexford Youths is a chance to say sorry. "We were all disappointed after Monday's game, I think every one of us wanted to hang our heads in shame after the way we played, we just weren't at the races," Lopes told The Herald.

"It was a big game, a Dublin derby, one of those matches where you just want to be 'at it' but we just didn't show up. I wouldn't say we were caught cold by Pats, we were just cold. We were 2-0 down after 20 minutes, we looked like we were playing well at times after that but it's easy to play well when you're 2-0 down.

"We gave them time on the ball, we let them get crosses in, we didn't defend. We didn't give them a game and for that to happen in a Dublin derby is very disappointing. It was a very frustrating night but we want to put that right here. The only plus for us is that it happened early on in the season and it's a wake-up call in case anyone here thinks we'll get things our own way."

Wexford head to Dalymount with three defeat from three games but Lopes says the table is misleading. " I know how well they have played so far, and they will be hungry to get points on board, we have to be a lot sharper tonight than we were on Monday," he added.

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