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Thursday 22 November 2018

We need to add 'nasty' edge to climb table: Brennan

Premier Division Sligo R v Bohs (Showgrounds, 7.45)

DETERMINED: Oscar Brennan. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
DETERMINED: Oscar Brennan. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Oscar Brennan wants Bohemians to find a "nasty" edge to help them get away from the relegation zone.

Pre-season ambitions of improving on last term's fifth-placed finish are proving difficult to achieve for the Phibsboro club who are just outside the relegation zone.

Keith Long's side have earned praise for their attacking play but converting that into goals, and points, has been a battle, and only goal difference is keeping them outside of the bottom two.

So Brennan, back in the side after a month out with injury, is eager to see more steel as Bohs head to play Sligo Rovers tonight in The Showgrounds.

"We have maybe played better football than we did last season, but we lack that cutting edge, that bit of nastiness, that clinical edge to get us through in games, to grind it out," says Brennan.

"I think Cork showed they are good at that, they didn't play that well against us the other week but they scored twice, won and kept a clean sheet, we need to look at Cork and see what they do.

"We had a big turnover of players from last year, we have some lads who are in their first season of senior football and they are still learning.

"They are constantly improving but we need to find something to help us get points, maybe it comes with experience, having that nasty edge," added Brennan, aware of the club's lowly position.

Tough

"We knew before the season started that it would be tough. With so much fuss over three teams possibly going down last season, people forgot it would be even harder this season, with only 10 teams in the league and maybe two going down so we were aware of that," he added.

"In a smaller league, with fixture congestion and a good team like Waterford coming up it was going to be hard, there are no easy games, and the fact that we are one of only two part-time teams in the league, it was going to be difficult but we are working hard every week to get good results, we're not happy with how it's gone so far," he added.

"It's never easy going to Sligo, they are strong at home and we had a hard game against them in Dalymount so we'll have to work hard to get something.

"It was a frustrating month for me, I missed four league games, but I just had to rest it and wait until I was fit but I am back now, it feels good to be back. It wasn't good for the mood when I was out, I've never really been injured before, it was very frustrating to watch.

"It's a frustration when the team aren't doing well and you are out, I would rather play and be held accountable for something going wrong than to sit in the stand and watch. The lads did really well in Tallaght and we had a draw at home to Limerick and away to Pat's so it's not all been bad."

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