Friday 22 February 2019

Long's joy as Bohs scrap for vital win

Bohemians manager Keith Long. Photo: Sportsfile
Bohemians manager Keith Long. Photo: Sportsfile

Keith Long hailed the ability of his Bohemians side to scrap for points as the Gypsies earned a much-needed win, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

A return of one point from the previous four games had seen Bohs drop down the table, only out of the relegation zone on goal difference. Saturday's 2-0 win away to Sligo Rovers has moved them up to seventh place, two goals from Danny Grant earning the win.

"We've played lots of good free-flowing football recently and got no reward for it. That was a scrappy performance, but we dug in, showed resolve, showed that we are able to scrap a little as well, so from that perspective, I am really pleased," said Long.

"In the second half I thought we defended really well and everything Sligo threw at us, we stood up to. We won our headers and our tackles and we were first to most things in the second half and we have hit them on the break twice with two well-executed goals by Danny Grant.

"It was a great victory for us and I thought we were value for it in the second half," added Long, his side in EA Sports Cup action away to Dundalk tomorrow.

Dundalk have confirmed that captain Stephen O'Donnell suffered a broken leg in Friday's defeat to Waterford. "He heard a crack when it happened. It is too early to estimate how long he will be out for. We will know more after the surgery," said boss Stephen Kenny.

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