Preview: Bohemians v Sligo Rovers

Bohemians  vs  Sligo Rovers

SSE Airtricity League

Dalymount Park

October 10th, 7:45pm

 

Sligo Rovers take on Bohemians tomorrow in Dalymount Park at 7:45.

It is the 31st game of the season with just Limerick and St. Pat’s to come after.

Interim manager Gavin Dykes will be looking for a second win in charge having beaten UCD last weekend in his third game since taking over.

Rovers won in impressive fashion at the Showgrounds on Saturday putting four goals past the students from Eamon Zayed, Gary Armstrong, Paul O’Conor and Danny Ledwith.

Bohs sit two places below the Bit o’Red on the SSE Airtricty League table but are six points adrift. They have had mixed form lately with two wins, two draws and two defeats in their last six games. Most recently they fell to a 3-1 defeat away to St. Pat’s.

The teams met just a month ago at the Showgrounds in what turned out to be John Coleman’s final game as manager. Goals from David Cawley, Eamon Zayed and Danny North won a high-scoring game for Rovers 3-2.

The other meeting of the sides this year was at Dalymount Park with Rovers getting the win. That time it was 2-0 with Evan McMillan and again Danny North on the scoresheet.

Once again Rovers will still be without several players for the game because of injury. John Russell, Alan Keane, Jeff Henderson and Iarfhlaith Davoren will play no part in the game.

Gary Rogers is also doubtful for the game due to the ankle problem that has been troubling him recently.

David Cawley is absent due to suspension having received eight bookings for the season. However Dykes is boosted by the return from suspension of Seamus Conneely.

Regan Donelon will also not play as he is away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland under-19 team in Sweden.

Gavin Dykes said mood at training has been good following the 4-0 win over UCD last week: “The mood had been fairly good anyway but we were delighted to get the win. The players have been great for myself and Ciaran since we came in. Week by week they have been taking on board what we are trying to get across to them.

“In the UCD game we created 17 chances and it’s been a while since we have had that many. We will be looking to build on the win tomorrow against Bohs.”

Dykes singled out Danny North for praise for the hard work he has put in for him: “Danny has had to play wide-right and wide-left and he has been brilliant. Wherever he has been asked to play he has done so really well and hasn’t complained about it. He has really been fantastic for me.”

Speaking on Gary Armstrong who had a man of the match display on debut against UCD Dykes stressed the importance of keeping the 18-year old’s feet on the ground: “He’s a level-headed lad anyway. He just wants to go and play football. He is a great talent. He did really well last week and he will look to keep improving and hopefully do well again against Bohs.”

On tomorrow’s opposition Bohs Dykes said: “They are a very decent side and Owen Heary has done a great job there. We saw a month ago how good a team they can be and on that night they rested a few players. Dalymount Park is always a hard place to go so it will be a tough game but we are still confident we can get the win.

He said he will have to manage the squad with the Accrington Stanley friendly coming two days later: “It will be a busy couple of days. The under-19s also have a game on Monday night. So we will have to see how the squad is after the Bohs game before seeing who can play.”

 

Head-to-head:

Sligo Rovers wins              47

Bohemians wins                 64

Draws                                   33

 

Last three meetings:

8/9/14                  Sligo Rovers   3-2  Bohemians      SSE Airtricity League

21/4/14                Bohemians  0-2  Sligo Rovers       SSE Airtricity League

7/9/13                  Bohemians  0-2  Sligo Rovers       SSE Airtricity League

 

Match stats:

Rovers are unbeaten in 10 games against Bohs with eight of those wins. The Gypsies last win was at the Showgrounds in August 2011.

Eight of those 10 games have also had clean sheets for the Bit o’Red.

At Dalymount Park Rovers have six wins from the last eight and two draws. Bohs haven’t scored in any of those, going back to July 2010. It’s Rovers best ever winning and unbeaten run at Dalymount Park.

 

Form:

 

Bohs                                     

Sligo Rovers

Shamrock Rovers

(H)

D

1-1

Drogheda Utd

(H)

L

0-2

Limerick

(H)

W

2-0

Cork City  

(A)

L

1-2

St. Pat’s

(A)

L

3-1

UCD

(H)

W

4-0

                               

Match officials:

Referee                              Sean Grant

Assistant referees           Darragh Keegan & Michelle O’Neill

Fourth official                   Robert Rogers

 

 

Coverage:

Ocean FM will have live commentray of the game from Alan Keane and Keith O'Dwyer

There will be live updates from the game on our Twitter page @sligorovers

 

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