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Friday 15 December 2017

Top half finish is now the aim for Bohs

OWEN Heary feels that 2014 has been something of a success for his Bohemians side even though their season was effectively ended with Friday's FAI Cup defeat to St Patrick's Athletic.

With their league status for next term secure - the Gypsies are 12 points above the relegation playoff spot - there's not a lot to play for in the remainder of the campaign now that their FAI Cup dream is over.

Now a top-six finish in the aim, something that's in their grasp as Derry City, currently sixth in the table, are five points ahead of Bohs but the Dublin side have two games in hand.

"It's a bit of a killer but we have a few games to look ahead to now, hopefully we can get three or four wins under our belts," says Heary.

"Who knows what can happen if we do that. We have to play Sligo Rovers and Shamrock Rovers at home, we have Derry and St Pats.

" But hopefully we can give a good account of ourselves and push up the table.

"If we finish in sixth or seventh it's a good season. We got to one Cup semi-final, in the League Cup, and the quarter-final of another one so to get that and finish seventh is not a bad return," Heary added after the Pats defeat.

"I am disappointed for the players. They know they are better players than the performance that one or two of them put in on Friday.

"They are young players and they were nervous.

"The top players, the ones who won trophies and play in big European games, they can handle the pressure and that's something our players will hopefully learn in time," added Heary, who now prepares his side for a clash with bottom side Athlone on Friday.

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