The Shannonsiders have gained just one point in their last five outings – that coming in a Munster Derby draw with leaders Cork City – with their failure to fire in front of goal causing concern, having netted just once in that period.
Now it is seventh versus eighth in the capital, with both teams currently lying on eight points as they hover above the playoff zone. And while he notes its importance, Barrett insists there is little difference to other fixtures.
The boss told LimerickFC.ie: “Every game is a big game. There are no easy games. Bohs are a good side; they’re on the same amount of points as us, they have been in a sticky patch themselves before beating Bray, so I think it will be a difficult game for both sides.
“Dalymount is a tough place to go. We’ll give it our best shot. There’s a long way to go; there are 36 games, we’re nine in. Of course, we’re going to try to win the game, and if we can’t win games, definitely away from home let’s try to get results.
“We’ve watched Bohs a couple of times and we’ve watched videos. They can play, they’re physical, they have got some very good goalscorers – Dinny Corcoran, Eoghan Stokes, Keith Ward – they’re all good finishers, so we have to be alert around the box.”
Limerick have lost their last three games, without scoring, with their last point coming in a 1-1 draw with Cork at the Markets Field three weeks ago. Their only win on the road so far this season came at Sligo Rovers on the opening day.
Bohemians, meanwhile, come into the game on the back of their EA Sports Cup penalty shootout victory over UCD at Dalymount Park on Easter Monday, which was after Friday’s 3-0 loss in Dundalk. In their last home league outing, they defeated Bray Wanderers 2-1 thanks to a late Dinny Corcoran goal.
These teams met on the second weekend of the season, in February, when Cían Coleman’s close-range strike before the hour was cancelled out by Eoghan Stokes’ header on the 90. Limerick had won the previous two clashes, 1-0 on Shannonside in August and 2-1 in Dublin in May.