CHAMPIONS Bohemians can move up to third place in the Premier Division table with victory over improving Sligo Rovers in tonight’s Airtricity League clash at Dalymount Park (7.45pm).
Manager Pat Fenlon has told his players to forget all about tomorrow’s ‘friendly’ against Mick McCarthy’s Wolves at the same venue with the priority being to collect another vital three points.
“Sligo are on a good run at the moment and will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season. They have signed a number of good players such as Joseph Ndo,’’ said Fenlon.
“I know that Sligo boss Paul Cook complains his club have not got the necessary strength in depth. But when they get their best 11 on the pitch, they are as good as any side in the league.”
Bohemians are again without Anto Murphy and Steven Gray with long-term injuries but Gareth McGlynn is likely to return after missing Tuesday’s 1-0 Champions League victory over Welsh side TNS through suspension.
Striker Paddy Madden, yesterday named Airtricity ‘Player of the Month’ for July, is again likely to lead the attack with the experienced Jason Byrne kept in reserve for the return Champions League tie against TNS in Oswestry on Tuesday.
Sligo, in sixth place in the table and just three points behind Bohemians, have Danny Ventre back after suspension but Mauro Almeida and Matthew Blinkhorn are again ruled out with injuries.
Tonight’s other Premier Division game sees bottom of the table Bray Wanderers seek only their second league win of the season when they travel to take on UCD at the Belfield Bowl (7.45pm).
Bray will again be without injured forward Richie Baker while midfielder Chris Shields will have a late fitness test on a toe injury. Manager Eddie Gormley adds former Derby County man Graham Kelly to the squad.
In their last outing at home to Sporting Fingal last Friday, the Seagulls were hammered 4-0 with manager Eddie Gormley admitting that they were beaten by the better team.
“We didn’t play well and have to start putting points on the board if we are to get out of our current position,” said Gormley.
UCD have lost their last four games after such a promising start to the season. But manager Martin Russell is unlikely to make many changes from the side that went down 2-1 to Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds on Tuesday.
Midfielder Greg Bolger could return but still out injured are David McMillan, Sean Harding, Brian Shortall and Chris Mulhall.
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