AFTER their humiliating 4-0 midweek Champions League defeat by Welsh side TNS, Bohemians must somehow lift their morale for tonight’s Premier Division clash with bottom side Bray Wanderers at Carlisle Grounds (7.45pm).
Manager Pat Fenlon is currently considering his own position while it is likely the entire squad could be placed on the transfer list as the Dublin club face up to their current financial crisis.
Fenlon must plan without the injured Anto Murphy, Steven Gray and Raffaele Cretaro although winger Gareth McGlynn returns from suspension. It looks like a chance for Bray to record only their second win of the season after 20 league games.
The Seagulls are minus the suspended Chris Shields and David Webster while ruled out by injuries are Richie Baker, David Tyrrell, Colm Tresson and Stephen Brennan. Former Derby County man Graham Kelly could make a first start in the Seagulls midfield.
“We are fighting for our lives but it will not be easy against a Bohemians side who will want to bounce back immediately from their Champions League exit,” said Bray boss Eddie Gormley.
In tonight’s other Premier Division game, Drogheda United will be confident of further easing their way out of the relegation zone when they host Sligo Rovers even though they will be without the suspended Eoghan Osborne and Damien Brennan as well as the injured Paul Crowley and Jamie Harris.
“We did very well to get that victory over Sporting Fingal on Monday. We must not be carried away by that result — but we are still confident we can catch up on third-from-bottom Galway United,” said boss Brian Donnelly.
A bonus for Sligo boss Paul Cook is that striker Matthew Blinkhorn returns after being sidelined for 10 weeks by a back injury, but still missing with an achilles tendon injury is defender Mauro Almeida.
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