Dykes left with mixed emotions after Bohs draw


Gavin Dykes had mixed feelings after last night’s 2-2 draw with Bohemians at Dalymount Park.

Rovers took the lead after 24 minutes with a well-worked Paul O’Conor goal but Bohs came back to equalise five minutes later through Dinny Corcoran.

The Gypsies then took the lead just before the hour from Steven Beattie. But the Bit o’Red fought back well and got level thanks to an Eamon Zayed goal on 81 minutes, his fifth in 10 appearances for the club.

Rovers pushed for the winner but the game ended as a draw which leaves Rovers in fifth place five points ahead of Derry City with two games left.

After the game Dykes reflected on the result: “Feelings are a bit mixed. We went one up and you feel we could’ve pushed on and got a second goal. We gave away a poor goal and went 2-1 down but we got a great response from the lads.

"I’m delighted to be coming away with something as I thought we deserved it. Hopefully we can push on from here, we play Limerick next week and we should be well capable of going down there and getting another result."

The interim manager felt his side were unfortunate to go behind in the game: “I think we were a bit unlucky to go 2-1 down but we defended poorly for the second, he got in and made a good finish. But we wanted a response and we got the response in fairness to them. It was a great ball in for the goal from Ruairi Keating, a great header from Eamon Zayed and the response was good.

"But it’s mixed emotions because I think when we were 1-0 up we could have pushed on. That’s the way we want to play but at the end of the day it would’ve been harsh on us to lose the game.

"We could’ve taken one of the chances in the last ten minutes. I said to the team a wee bit of composure in the last few minutes could have got another goal but I can’t fault them for effort and honesty. They’ve taken on board in the three weeks me and Ciaran have been here, they’ve been great and it would have been a tragedy for them to come away with nothing tonight. We’ll get at it again next week, unless there’s a new man in that time and if there is we’ll all work together and get this club back where it should be."

On the performance of Ruairi Keating, who came on in the 71st minute and provided the assist for Zayed’s equaliser: “I’m thrilled for him. I felt Gary Armstrong was running out of a bit of steam, he’s been great for us even tonight, it was physical for him, he took a lot of fouls but again he was great.

"Boylan was smashing too. All the players were smashing but Ruairi I was thrilled for him, he put in a smashing ball and he’s honest as the day is long. This is next year’s work as far as I’m concerned, he’ll come back for pre-season and be fighting for the number nine spot I have no doubt.”


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