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Saturday 19 January 2019

We can't buy goal: fenlon

Bohs boss can't afford to add extra firepower

ONE goal scored in the last seven and a half hours of league football is the stat which proves that Bohemians have, shall we say, a bit of a problem when it comes to finding the net this season.

But manager Pat Fenlon (pictured below) admits that he's not in a position to bring some extra firepower into the squad due to the club's dire financial status, with a move for former Ireland U21 striker Aidan Downes called off because the club can't afford him.

Bohs, beaten 3-0 away to Derry City on Friday night, are on the road again this evening as they are away to an in-form Bray Wanderers side who have dropped just two points from the last five games.



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With Anto Flood missing this game -- he's suspended and injured -- Bohs head for Bray with just one senior striker, Chris Fagan, in the panel and with only one goal scored in the last five league games (and that was a penalty), Gypsies fans are not heading to the Seaside expecting a flood of goals -- only Galway United (with one goal in the last eight in the league) have a worse record than Bohs when it comes to finding the net.

"We're not scoring goals but there's not a lot I can do about it at the moment," admits Fenlon.

"We have only two senior strikers at the club, one of them (Fagan) is still on his way back after being out for nine weeks and the other one (Flood) is out for this game tonight. We just have to deal with it.

"We had Aidan Downes training with us, he had done well and I would have liked to sign him but the club have told me that the money is just not there. We're not in a position to be adding players to the squad. I can't moan about it or get upset about it, we just have to get on with it. We go to Bray with Christy Fagan as the only senior striker, we have young Eoin Fowler in the squad but he's still young and learning the game, but we have to try and see if we can get something out here, which won't be easy as Bray are a very good side."



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Finance is more important than football matches for Bohs as the club have a €4m debt to Zurich Bank which is due to be repaid next month and, short of picking out the right numbers in the Euromillions, the Dalymount Park club have no idea how that debt will be dealt with. On the field, Bohs have to try and put all that to one side and attempt to win some games -- the Gypsies are sixth in the table, 12 points behind leaders Shamrock Rovers, following Friday's loss in Derry.

"I was happy with how we played in Derry despite the scoreline, it was a good level of performance from the players and the scoreline probably flattered Derry a bit," says Fenlon.

"It's just not ideal having another game tonight after playing on Friday.

"I can't understand why we have so many midweek games this season. To me, it should be called the Microwave League instead of the Airtricity League, everything has to be done so quickly."

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