Keeper Talbot on radar
Mick McCarthy's goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly says that Bohemians number one James Talbot is not being ignored by the international management team.
Talbot (22) has made a name for himself in his debut season in the League of Ireland with Bohs, following a spell at Sunderland.
While the season began well for the Ballymun lad, Bohs close to the top of the table for a spell, the last month has been a slog, four defeats in the last five, most recently Monday's 2-1 loss away to Dundalk.
Kelly was in Dalymount Park to see Talbot play against champions Dundalk three weeks ago and while he's not in the frame for a call-up to the senior squad, Kelly says he's aware of Talbot and believes that first-team football can only aid his progress.
"I thought he did well and saved a penalty.
"Unfortunately, they lost 2-0 that day," says Kelly of Talbot, who will start for Bohs at home to Sligo Rovers tonight as they look for their first win in five games.
"He reminded me a little bit of a Dean Henderson-type goalkeeper: front foot, physical, determined, wants to make a difference.
"I know from experience that if you haven't been getting the minutes, managers can be a bit reluctant."
Bohs were bruised by Monday's 2-1 loss in Dundalk, the Gypsies losing a 1-0 lead and also a player to a red card, Ryan Graydon.
"The concession of another late penalty to decide the game was a dagger to the heart but again we have to do better.
"We need to stay on our feet and defend better despite incessant pressure," says manager Keith Long.
"The average age of the team in Oriel was 20. We are young, we have and will continue to make mistakes, but we must learn quickly how to manage moments in games better if we are to progress."