Fenlon expects tough time from Bohs' bogey team
SLIGO Rovers were the bogey side for Bohemians on their way to winning the league title last season -- and Bohs boss Pat Fenlon expects another tough night against the men from the west in Dalymount Park tonight.
Bohs and Sligo met seven times last season and the Gypsies struggled at times against Paul Cook's side, as Sligo knocked Bohs out of the FAI Cup and Rovers also managed a win and a draw in the league -- only Shamrock Rovers took more points off Bohs last term.
And there is some added spice to the clash at Dalymount Park tonight as former Cameroon international Joseph Ndo is likely to make his Sligo debut against Bohs, the club Ndo left at the end of last season after winning back-to-back league titles.
"Sligo is one of the harder games we'll have this season. They caused us a few problems last season and I'm sure it'll be the same again this season," Fenlon told the Herald. "When they had their 11 on the pitch, Sligo had one of the better sides in the league last season, with ourselves and Shamrock Rovers.
"It's the same this season, Sligo are strong again; Paul Cook added a few decent players and they signed Joseph Ndo this week too.
"Sligo gave us some really tough games last season. They beat us in the Cup, they beat us in the league and got a draw as well; we beat them in the League Cup but only in extra-time after a really hard game, they were really tough games.
"The thing about Sligo is that they come out and play, they have a go. We have played three games in the league and everyone has packed the midfield, so Sligo won't do that, they will come to Dalymount and have a go at us," added Fenlon, who comes up against his former employee Ndo. "I am delighted to see Joseph get a club. He wanted to stay in Ireland, unfortunately it wasn't possible for him to re-sign for us here at Bohs, so it's good that he got fixed up and it's good for the league that Joseph is still around," said Fenlon.
Bohs and Pats share leadership of the league table after the first three games, though Pats are ahead on goal difference, and Fenlon admits that all sides -- including his own -- are still at the getting to know you stage.
"It's still early days in the league. There has been a huge changeover in players and it's taken clubs time to settle in. Pats had probably the biggest turnover of players but, in fairness to them, they've had a great start to the season, and sometimes it happens that way," Fenlon said.
"We're still settling in as well; we haven't been brilliant so far this season but we've picked up points so that's the most important thing. We have had to chop and change a bit and we're looking to get a settled team as soon as we can. We've had injuries and suspensions but I have a fair idea of who I want to play. We still have some problems, with the injury that Raff Cretaro has we can't play him twice a week and Jason Byrne has been out injured, but we're looking to get a settled team as soon as we can."
Defenders Stephen Gray and Jason McGuinness will miss out tonight but Brian Shelley is fit to return to the side, while Fenlon says that youngster Aaron Greene has given him food for thought.
"Young Aaron did well in the Leinster Senior Cup game against Sporting Fingal on Tuesday, and he's been unlucky not to feature in the league so far, so I'd like to get him involved at some stage and we'll see if Aaron gets a chance tonight," he added.