We were disgrace - Heary
THESE are grim times at Dalymount Park after Bohemians made it five games without a single goal scored by limping out of the Setanta Sports Cup with a 2-0 defeat at home to Crusaders last night.
Stand-in manager Owen Heary tore into the Gypsies players in the dressing room after last night's awful display against the Belfast side, labelling the first-half performance a "disgrace".
Bohs gifted the Crues two first-half goals with some awful defending and failed to create a single chance of note at the other end.
"That was our worst performance of the season, the attitude was poor and these players will have to learn, they can't just turn up and think, 'Oh, we're at Bohs, it's a big club, it will be okay'.
"They were given a footballing lesson in the first half last night," said assistant manager Heary, who was in overall charge of the side for last night's game as boss Aaron Callaghan was serving a touchline ban. We were never near Crusaders in the first half, we didn't put in a tackle and gave them two horrendous goals. At least in the second half we got about them a bit more.
"If you start games like that then you have a chance but the first half was a disgrace from us.
"As players you can accept being beaten if you've worked hard but to not put in a performance is unacceptable, and it's something that we have to put right. It wasn't good enough and the players were told that by Aaron after the game," added Heary. "If you're not working hard you won't get chances. We didn't work hard enough last night and it has to change."
Form had not been good on the approach to the game as Bohs had failed to score in four successive games before last night, losing three of them.
They never looked like scoring in this one, strikers John O'Connor and Dave Scully looking very isolated, and were behind as early as the fourth minute, when a slip by defender Kevin Feely set up an opening goal for Declan Caldwell.
And on 36 minutes the Crues doubled their lead and cruised into the last four with their second goal, again coming from awful defensive play by Bohs as David McMaster got around Derek Pender and slid the ball past Craig Sexton.
Heary made some changes at the break, bringing on subs Dwayne Wilson and Dave Mulcahy and there was also a tactical switch as big centre half Feely was moved up front into a three-man attack but it all amounted to little from the home side who rarely worried Crues keeper Sean O'Neill, with only occasional threats from set pieces.
A dismal night for the home side was rounded off with an injury-time red card for Derek Pender, for a second bookable offence.
Interest in the Setanta Cup over, Bohs now must regroup and focus on the league campaign, Bohs bottom of the table and without a point ahead of two potentially bruising Dublin derbies, first at home to St Pats on Sunday.
"Hopefully last night was a kick up the a**e for our players," added Heary. "Because we now need to put in a good performance against Pats."