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Bohemians v Sligo Rovers preview

Sligo Rovers go to Dalymount Park to play Bohemians tomorrow in a Monday night game in the SSE Airtricity League at 7:45pm.

The Bit o’Red will be to make it 12 points from just 11 days.

The most recent win came on Saturday night against Shamrock Rovers 3-2 at The Showgrounds to back-up wins at Wexford Youths (5-0) and Cork City (2-1).

Raff Cretaro has been a scorer in all three wins while new striker Achille Campion has started life with Rovers by scoring two in three.

A seven game unbeaten run has seen Dave Robertson’s team move up for fifth in the Premier Division, just two points behind Shamrock Rovers.

The season’s meetings with Bohs have been split at one win each both 1-0, Bohs winning their home game in March and Rovers at The Showgrounds in May.

Regan Donelon will stay on the sidelines with his hamstring injury but there’s an otherwise fully fit squad available with no suspensions.

Dave Robertson is happy for the games to come thick and fast ahead of what he expects to be a physical battle with Bohemians.

Robertson has praised the character shown by his team particularly in coming from behind to take the points against Shamrock Rovers.

After a lack of games due to the European involvement of Cork city and Dundalk in early July the games are coming thick and fast, however this is not a problem for Robertson and his team when results are so good:

“We are happy to keep playing at the moment with the form that we are on. We spoke before about the disruption we had when we returned from the break where we had fixtures followed by a two-week break. But we are right back into the thick of things now and we have built some momentum. We will be aiming to take the confidence and performance levels from that into what will be a tough game for us tomorrow.”

The Shamrock Rovers win was a third in a row and saw the bit o’Red achieve something not yet done so far in 2016:

“It is an important step for us coming from behind as we did to beat Shamrock Rovers. It is important for a team in any sport to show what they can do when their backs are against the wall. It is in those tough times that you develop character.

“I am really pleased with the character that we showed on Friday night. It showed the confidence in each other that we have in the team. But we have to keep working hard so that we do score the first goal in future game as that will always be key.”

Goals have been coming freely for Rovers recently with ten scored in just three matches and the Rovers boss hailed the impact of new signing up front in Frenchman Achille Campion in bringing a new dimension to the attack:

“It has been brilliant and it is an aspect that is really pleasing for me. I think with the introduction of Achille from the Wexford game we have taken teams by surprise. He has developed a really excellent relationship with Raff. They have been able to help create opportunities for others with Daniel Kearns, Kieran Sadlier and John Russell getting goals also.

“With goals coming from numerous sources it is showing that there is good understanding within our attackers and they have quickly gelled. So I think Achille has been a real factor in our improvement.”

There’s been little to split the teams in the head-to-head thus far in the season and Robertson does not expect a win to come easy tomorrow for either club:

“We are expecting a tight, physical battle. We know that going to Dalymount Park we are going to have to earn the right to play. There is a physical element to their game that we are well aware of. They are on 26 points currently so they have a lot to do to match their total from last year, so it will be interesting to see their approach. It will be a physical game but the team have learned to handle that and when we do we can then put our style on the game and hopefully come away with a positive result.”

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