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Friday 20 September 2019

Greene: Rovers have no mental block

Aaron Greene
Aaron Greene

It's the eight-game run which is the major blot on the copybook of the entity that is Shamrock Rovers FC: their long winless streak against rivals Bohemians.

The much-travelled Aaron Greene has had a spell in both camps, and has tasted victory and defeat in the fixture which returns to the calendar tonight as Rovers host Bohs.

"It is hard when you lose the derby, I know that well," says Greene, now in his second spell with Rovers in a League of Ireland career which really began at Bohs in 2010.

Bohs have won their last four meetings with Rovers and have earned seven wins and a draw from the last eight derbies, so they hold the upper hand.

Yet Greene insists there is no such thing as a mental block in the Rovers camp when it comes to meeting their rivals.

"We know people talk about it. Bohs fans and the media can talk about a mental block, that [Stephen] Bradley is this and that, it's all nonsense," says Greene.

"We have gone out and played the best teams in the league and done well, we played really well in Europe, why can't we go out and play well tonight?

"People can talk about this mental block, but I don't see that. In my first spell at Rovers, we didn't beat Bohs either, but I don't look at a mental block. Sometimes you win against teams and sometimes you don't.

"We haven't had a good run against Bohs and tonight is a chance to put that right. It will be a sell-out.

"We know we can play well, we have had harsh red cards and penalties against Bohs this season, I just hope it's 11 v 11."

Valid

That's a valid point, as Rovers have finished with 11 men in just one of the three derbies this season. Greene himself was sent off early in the game in February.

"If you look back, we have had a lot of bad luck against them. Luck sometimes goes against you but we owe our fans a good performance tonight.

"It's the last derby of the season so it's vital for us," he added.

Bohs boss Keith Long has challenged his side to carry on their run, despite the financial gap between the clubs

"The gulf in resources is massive. We played against Dundalk last week and the scoreline was embarrassing, 6-1. But the reality is the gulf in resources is embarrassing," he says.

"We have to try and be as competitive as we can. The resources that Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers, St Patrick's Athletic, all these teams have, they've got a lot more resources than we have.

"We have got to try and be successful, try to win something, try to get into Europe in order for us to maybe strengthen what we do here."

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