Match stats: Rovers v Bohs

Sligo Rovers visit to Dalymount Park for a second away game in five days.
 
Tuesday’s draw with Drogheda United was a first in eight games having had four wins and four losses in the previous eight on the road. The last draw came away to Limerick.
 
It took Rovers to 50 points for the fifth time ever in the Premier Division, four of which have been in the last four years while the other was in 1995/96. (Excluding 1982 when a different points system was used).
 
The goal in the game came from David Cawley which takes him to six in the league for the season. It puts him ahead of Aaron Greene, who has five, into second on Rovers goalscoring list behind Anthony Elding. It also triples his total from 2012.
 
The Bit o’ Red are now six away games without a clean sheet which last occurred in June, July and August 2012. The last time Rovers went seven without one was a nine game spell from June 2009 to Septemeber 2009 when it was ended with a 0-0 draw against Bohemians.
 
The champions have lost just once to a team in the bottom half of the table this season which was Cork City.
 
This is the first in a run of four away games in Dublin for Rovers. In the five so far there has been 10 points earned. (Three wins, one draw and one defeat). That’s already three points more than last season when just seven points were won from six games with the only win being against Shelbourne on the penultimate visit.
 
It is 10 games since Rovers suffered defeat in North Dublin which was against Bohs back in July 2010.
 
Just four of Rovers last 23 league goals have been scored in the first half of games. Rovers have just five goals all season in the first 20 minutes of games in the league and four of those have been scored by Raffaele Cretaro.
 
Joseph Ndo has made 99 league appearances since joining Rovers and making his debut in a defeat away to Pat’s on April 23rd 2010. Rovers have lost just 18 of the 99 games he has played with a third of those defeats coming in his first 15 games. Only five of those apps have been of the bench with the last of those being in June 2011 in Derry.
 
His total career appearances in the League of Ireland is 222 and he has made more with Rovers than any other club. He has a total of seven goals scored in that time with his best season being his first when he found the net three times. He will join Alan Keane, Gavin Peers, Danny Ventre and Raf Cretaro in making 100 league appearances with Rovers.
 
Last six results:
10/8/13  LOI  Sligo Rovers  2-0  Bray Wanderers  (Raff Cretaro, Kieran Djilali)
13/8/13  EA  Shamrock Rovers  3-2  Sligo Rovers  (Kieran Djilali, Anthony Elding)
16/8/13  LOI  Dundalk  2-0  Sligo Rovers
24/8/13  FAI  Sligo Rovers  1-0  Cork City  (Gavin Peers)
31/8/13  LOI  Sligo Rovers  2-0  Limerick  (Raf Cretaro, Danny North)
3/9/13  LOI  Drogheda Utd  1-1  Sligo Rovers  (DavidCawley)
 
Head-to-head:
 
This will be the 142nd meeting of the sides. Bohs have more wins with 64 to Rovers 44 and there has been 33 draws. AtDalymount Park Rovers have 17 wins compared to 37 by the home side with 16 draws.
 
Rovers have won four of the last six visits to Dalymount Park with the other two games being scoreless draws. The first of those wins was the 1-0 win in the 2010 FAI Cup semi-final and that ended a run of nine games without a win there which had stretched back to a June 2006 win in which Paul McTiernan scored twice in a 2-0 win.
 
In the last 11 league visits Rovers have made toDalymount they have failed to score in eight of them.
 
Rovers haven’t conceded on the last six visits since Keegan and Oman scored in a 2-0 win for Bohs in July 2010. Rovers have conceded in every other Premier Division ground that has been visited more than once since that game. In total Rovers have kept clean sheets in eight of the last ten games away to Bohs.
 
Bohs only goal against Rovers in the last 639 minutes of play between the sides was a last minute consolation by Derek Pender in the 3-1 defeat in the Showgrounds in September last year.
 
In the last 15 league games played between the sides there have been have been five wins each as well as five draws. Half of those ten combined victories have been recorded by the home team with five from the away side.
 
Two of Lee Lynch’s five league goals for the club have been against the gypsies, they were his first two for the club and both came in the Showgrounds.
 
Last six meetings:
8/6/13  LOI  Sligo Rovers  0-0  Bohemians
29/3/13  LOI  Bohemians  0-3  Sligo Rovers  (RaffaeleCretaro, Aaron Greene, Anthony Elding)
3/9/12  LOI  Sligo Rovers  3-1  Bohemians  (Mark Quigley,Raffaele Cretaro, Lee Lynch)
1/6/12  LOI  Bohemians  0-0  Sligo Rovers
16/3/12  LOI  Sligo Rovers  1-0  Bohemians  ( Lee Lynch)
21/10/11  LOI  Bohemians  0-3  Sligo Rovers (Eoin Doyle x2, Matthew Blinkhorn)
 
So far this season:
 
Aaron Greene scored in the first game between the sides which Rovers won 3-0. It was his first of the season and began a run of four goals in five league games for the Dubliner.
 
The game was the third in a run of four away games where Rovers scored three times, only once since have the bito’Red done so which was in the EA Sports Cup win in Limerick.
 
It also made it three wins from three away from home in league football, the champions have won the same amount in the ten away matches since.
 
Anthony Elding was another scorer in the game to make it six goals from the first five games for him which is more than he has scored in the season since.
 
The next game was 0-0 in the Showgrounds which was the first stalemate there in 38 games and also made them only the second team in that time to come away with a clean sheet. The other being Shamrock Rovers on the final night of the 2012 season.
 
It was however the third goalless games in four league outings for Rovers but the last in a run of four games without scoring a league goal. It’s one of four draws Bohs have picked up away to top five sides with draws also coming away to St. Pat’s twice and Shamrock Rovers also.
 
Opposition: Bohemians
 
Bohs sit third from bottom of the table having won the joint-fewest number of games with five.
 
Their goal tally of 21 is the second worst in the league. The total of nine goals scored from their 13 home games is the lowest in the league.
 
They have experienced an upturn in their fortunes since OwenHeary took over management of the team from Aaron Callaghan with two wins and just two defeats from his six games so far.
 
That followed a run of seven losses in eight games where the only game they avoided defeat in was the scoreless draw with Rovers in the Showgrounds. They had also won only one of 14 before that with the only win need extratime to defeat Bray in the EA Sports Cup.
 
Their win in the last home game against Shamrock Rovers ended a run of seven without a home win with only one draw being earned from those seven games. It was also only their second clean sheet in 24 games home and away along with the one in Sligo.
 
Their top scorer Chris Lyons has netted just four times in the league with his last goal coming in early May in a 2-2 draw with Drogheda.
 
Last six results:
19/7/13  LOI  Bray Wanderers  1-3  Bohemians  (Karl Moore (pen), Dinny Corcoran x2)
26/7/13  LOI  Bohemians  1-1  Drogheda Utd  (Roberto Lopes)
2/8/13  LOI  Bohemians  1-3  UCD  (Anto Murphy)
9/8/13  LOI  Cork City  1-0  Bohemians

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