Heary Eyes Safety As Bohs Prepare For Make Or Break Games


Speaking ahead of a massive game tonight at Dalymount Park, Bohemians Assistant Manager Owen Heary insists that his side have “nothing to fear” as they face “two hard-working, decent sides” in a matter of a few days.

Bohemians have a big few days ahead as they host Derry City at Dalymount Park tonight and travel to Limerick to face Stuart Taylor’s side on Tuesday.

Bobby Browne has been installed as manager as Heary could only fulfil sixty days in temporary charge as he does not have a UEFA Pro Licence. However he remains a key decision maker in the Phibsborough dugout.

“The lads have been on a high all week. But they know that the result last week is not good enough if we don’t get something from this weekend,” said Heary.

“Last week we played very well and got our just reward. But this weekend is even bigger, because if we match the results of the clubs around us, or even better them, it would take us out of the bottom three.

“If we win the two games, effectively we’re safe. I don’t want to be waiting until the last two games. I’d like to put this issue to bed this weekend.”

Bohemians are approaching these games with confidence, having walloped fierce Dublin rivals Shelbourne 3-0 last time out. “When we can go to Pat’s and get a draw, why wouldn’t we be confident?” Heary asks.

“We expect to win every game we approach. The players are starting to enjoy their football. They have been working hard for a long time, but now they really have the bit between their teeth, knowing they’re a good team.”

Bohemians are yet to beat Declan Devine’s Derry City in a matter of three attempts in two different competitions. Heary’s charges will be hoping for a different turn of luck tonight.

One player that has impressed Heary however is Stephen Traynor. His performance after coming off the bench against St.Patrick’s Athletic was enough to earn him starts against Sligo and Shelbourne.

Heary, speaking about Traynor, had this to say; ““He got his chance when he came on against Pat’s and, in fairness to him, he has grabbed that chance. Bucko [Keith Buckley] is the same. He came on against Pat’s and did exceptionally well.”

“There are other players there, who are maybe not getting on to the bench and they’re disappointed. But they’re not letting it get to them. They’re pushing the team on and waiting for their chance, and it might come sooner than they think.”

Alike Derry City, Limerick have proven to be a thorn in the side of Bohemians. Heary had this to say; “Down there [last April], we were 1-0 up with a half-hour to go and two free kicks cost us the game. We played very well against them up here [in July] and then they hit a long ball, get a good touch on it, and they score.”

“Limerick are a hard-working team, they have a good squad, with good attackers and Stuart [Taylor] has done a great job there. But they may be a bit tired with three games in six days. We’ll go down full of confidence.”

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