Tuesday 23 January 2018

O'Neill demanding flawless finish

NO SLIP ups -- that's the demand from Michael O'Neill to his Shamrock Rovers players as the League of Ireland title race enters the penultimate weekend.

Rovers take on bottom side Drogheda United at Tallaght Stadium tonight, needing league leaders Bohemians to drop points away to Galway United tonight and at home to Dundalk next week to give them a chance of a first league title since 1994.

Tuesday's FAI Cup semi-final win over St Pats ended a run of five games without a win and O'Neill reckons that the boost in morale will keep his side going.

"We have to win the last two league games. It would be very disappointing if we didn't and Bohemians dropped points, that would kill us more than the initial situation. So we have to win the next two matches, to do ourselves justice," said O'Neill.

"And I still believe that there's a lot of football still to be played so we will take the games as they come, deal with Drogheda tonight, and maybe with events elsewhere we'll get a bit of good fortune that we have lacked in the last few weeks."

Drogheda are almost certain to finish bottom and earn automatic relegation but boss Bobby Browne wants his young side to make a point tonight. "We will go into this game in a positive manner. There are a few of the lads who'll want to show off their wares and prove a point," he said.

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