Bohemians -v- Drogheda United Preview

Both sides will hope to return to winning ways following defeat last Friday with Drogheda having lost at table topping Sligo.

Bohemians meanwhile come into this fixture on the back of a 1-0 reverse in Bray.  Bohs can consider themselves unlucky not to have considerably more than the ten points they have so far accrued from ten games.  The northside Dublin club lie in ninth place in the league but should push up the table if they maintain their levels of performance and commitment.

Gypsies manager Aaron Callaghan clearly has belief in his club, stating:

“Pat Devlin said to me after the Bray game that the better team lost.  That’s a very unusual thing to hear.  There’s a fine line between winning and losing at this level. We’re trying to play an attacking brand of football and the fans who were there on Friday saw that we played well.

“But when you play like that you’re vulnerable to an individual error or lapse of concentration. We were not marking for the set-piece and that led to the second goal.”

Midfielder Ryan McEvoy, was injured last week and that absence was crucial in deciding Bohs’ fate at the Carlisle Grounds.  McEvoy should be fit for Friday night but captain Owen Heary will be out with a hamstring injury picked up against Bray and winger Lee Dixon is out with a toe injury.  The players who had been affected by flu last week are likely to be available, with the possible exception of Neil Harney.

Following the last minute withdrawals of Ryan and Gavin Brennan last week, Drogheda manager Mick Cooke has a fully fit squad to choose from for the trip to Phibsboro. Consequentially, Paul Crowley looks likely to make his first appearance for the club since the win over Derry City on March 30th.

Speaking of the game, the manager stated:

“We came up against Sligo Rovers, who are the best team in the league, last week and it was clear from the game why they are the best team. Having said that, we were without three of our best players and that certainly affected us.

“This week we face Bohemians who are going through a tough time, similar to what we were going through last season, but they have done well in more recent weeks and I feel they will give us a tough game on their home turf.

“We had 21 players training on Tuesday and I will be making some changes from last week to keep everyone on their toes. The priority for us now is to get back on a winning streak.”

Drogheda are fourth in the Premier Division table, some eight points ahead of ninth placed Bohs.  The two sides met last month in the EA Sports Cup with the game finishing in a 1-1 draw.


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