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Brennan eager to end Tallaght hex

KILLIAN BRENNAN wants his Bohemians team-mates to lift the Gypsy curse that hangs over Bohs at Tallaght and earn a win away to Shamrock Rovers at last.

The move to Tallaght Stadium in 2009 has not only yielded trophies and European runs for Rovers, but they've also built up a brilliant record there against their old rivals Bohs, with five wins in five games for Rovers against Bohs in the ground.

Tonight's Dublin derby is of more importance to Rovers than the away side, as last night's win for Sligo Rovers at home to Dundalk leaves the Hoops three points behind Paul Cook's side, though Rovers do have two games in hand.

The FAI Cup semi-final at home to Sligo in two weeks' time is now the priority for Bohs, but Brennan maintains that winning at Tallaght is still a key objective for the away side.



Bragging

"We want to win every game whether it's Galway or Shamrock Rovers, but a derby against Rovers is always special and the players know that it's a matter of bragging rights for the fans in games like this one," said Brennan ahead of the derby.

"We haven't beaten Rovers in Tallaght yet so it would be nice to end that bad run before the season is over.

"It's a bad run at Tallaght, the last few games they have beaten us well and deserved to win but before that the games were all very tight. Runs like that do weigh on your mind and hopefully that will change tonight," added Brennan, aware that faint hopes of Bohs winning the title have disappeared in the past few weeks.

"The pressure is off us. All season, Pat Fenlon has been telling us to go out and enjoy our football, but our downfall has been the home record. It's been lacklustre for us at Dalymount Park this season," added Brennan, who has been struggling with a back injury in recent weeks but is eager to feature against Rovers.

"So we have nothing to fear about going to Tallaght tonight. We don't need to win the game but it would be very nice for the fans' sake, to head into the last few games of the season and maybe a game in the Cup final with a win over Rovers.

"We have to be fair to the league overall too. We can't just lie down in front of Rovers and save players for the Cup semi-final. We have to try and do our best against any of the teams going for the league."



Sluggish

For a while, Bohs were the most in-form team in the league, with four straight wins and eight wins from 11 games at one point, but that good form has drifted away recently. Bohs took just one point and scored no goals in their last two league games, against UCD (0-2) and St Pats (0-0) and the Gypsies looked sluggish in both FAI Cup games against Dundalk.

"I think tiredness was a factor as well as having a small squad," Brennan said. "The likes of Rovers and Sligo can rotate their squads but we couldn't.

"We have had a fantastic season. Whether the club is still here next year we don't know, the players are trying to stay away from all the politics. We just want to play for the shirt and the fans."

Dean Kelly is out for Rovers while Craig Sives and Ken Oman are doubts.