Bohemians v Crusaders preview

Bohemians come to this second leg having held Crusaders to a scoreless draw on their home pitch in Belfast.

Manager Aaron Callaghan says: “I am confident that if we do our jobs and if the players take on board what we’re asking them to do we can get through to the next round”.

Callaghan considers his players have performed well in three competitions and are unlucky not to have had better results.

“Against Sligo last Friday we were coming back into the game in the second half when they scored. We can only keep working on the things that need sorting out and hope for a rub of the green.”

Despite having home advantage on Tuesday Callaghan acknowledges the strength of the opposition, with three internationals in the squad. “Crusaders have very good players. They gave us a bit of a run-around at times up in Belfast,” Callaghan said.

Further progress in the Setanta Sports Cup may assume even greater importance given Bohemians’ league results but Callaghan insists: “Even if we had started the league campaign with three wins, I’d still be saying that we are looking to win the Setanta Cup.”

Adam Martin will be available for selection, having been suspended for the last two league matches. Derek Pender returns from flu but Danny Joyce is out due to a groin injury picked up in the Sligo game. Keith Ward (calf injury), Stephen Traynor (nose injury) and Dave Scully (Achilles) remain sidelined.


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