Friday 15 December 2017

Bohs yet to make real mark

Mark Quigley feels that Bohs are currently underachieving with their relatively poor start to the season.
Mark Quigley feels that Bohs are currently underachieving with their relatively poor start to the season.

Mark Quigley has assured Bohemians fans that the squad are just as frustrated at the side's poor start to the season as the fans are.

A return of four points from four games is not the worst start possible, and this week the Gypsies breezed into the next round of the EA Sports Cup with a convincing win over Longford Town, but the concession of six goals in the last two league games - most recently a 3-3 draw at home to Wexford Youths, where Bohs had to come from behind three times - is a concern.

"We have four points on the board but we haven't performed anywhere near to our capabilities," says Quigley ahead of today's game away to an in-form Galway United.

"It's frustrating, we'd have wanted more points by now, I think part of that is the fact that it's a much tighter league this season, anyone can beat anyone. But our performances against Pats (0-3) and Wexford (3-3) were just not good enough, we know the supporters want better and so do we.

"It's hard to explain what's gone wrong for us defensively, I think it's little mistakes that are costing us but if we can eradicate them, we will be okay. The lads are working very hard but sometimes you just get a lapse in concentration, with a bit more concentration we can do better, hopefully today so we can kick start our season.

"Here, it's been more or less the same side for a couple of years but maybe the new lads like myself, Kurtis Byrne and Aymen Ben Mohammed are still waiting to gel.

"Last week, at home to Wexford, was an example of our season so far as we just didn't perform to our capabilities. Before that game, before any home clash, you are looking to get the three points and we needed to score late on to even get a point, but we move on and hopefully it will be a better display in Galway today," added Quigley.

The veteran is back for his second spell at Bohs and he's delighted to be rid of his long-running injury problems. "I have started the last three league games, I couldn't tell you the last time I started three in a row, maybe back to when I was at Sligo Rovers a few years ago," he admits.

"I have had a lot of problems with injury and fitness, I had hoped to just get through the first few games injury-free so I am delighted. I'm still not 100 per cent, I have more to give but so far it's gone well for me."

Galway boss Tommy Dunne says: "They've had a few niggling injuries, but they've got a very strong squad."

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