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Friday 19 July 2019

Long likes Bohs' depth

Bohemians boss Keith Long
Bohemians boss Keith Long

Bohemians boss Keith Long believes that Monday's positive display against champions Dundalk shows that he has a squad and not just a team in place at Dalymount Park.

A three-game winning run for Bohs ended in a 1-0 loss away to Dundalk, who gained the points with an injury-time penalty.

Mindful of the impact that midweek games have on a part-time panel, the Bohs boss made changes for the Dundalk game, players like Derek Pender, Keith Ward and Dinny Corcoran rested, though they should return for tonight's game at home to UCD.

"We have good players at this club and I, as manager, have to show belief and faith in them, the schedule is such that we have to balance things," says Long (below), who gave youngsters like Paddy Kirk, Andy Lyons and Ali Reghba a start in Oriel Park.

"Derek Pender is 34, Dinny is 30, we have to manage the squad as best we can.

"We deserved more from the game in Dundalk and came up short in terms of the result, but the ones who played did really well, it was an exceptional performance and we deserved more than we got, but that's the level of performance we have to reach each week if we want to move forward

"We made seven changes in Dundalk but the way they played showed that we do have good players, a squad of players who are ready to play in the Premier Division.

""It's been a test, we had three away games in a row, we were in Sligo and Ballybofey and Dundalk so it's good to be home at last, against UCD."

Collie O'Neill's UCD side travel to Dalymount with the worst away record in the league but Long is wary of the side who beat Cork City in midweek.

"We were lucky to play them early in the season when they were adapting to the Premier Division, but they seem to have got to grips with it, they're a good side."

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