The best and worst aspects of Bohemians’ season were to the fore as they battled back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 away to St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday night.
It was an important point as a win for St Pat’s would have put them eight points ahead of the Gypsies, who would have fallen into the play-off spot.
Now manager Keith Long has challenged his team, who remained in seventh place, to draw momentum from the manner of their comeback with the aim of climbing the table – starting tomorrow when Waterford come to Dalymount Park.
Falling behind in games has been a frustration. The Gypsies have conceded first in 15 of their 16 games in all competitions this season.
That was the case once more on Friday as St Pat’s scored in the third minute of both halves.
Bohs do not lack perseverance, however.
Eight of the team’s 13 league points this season have been won thanks to goals in injury-time: 1-1 v Limerick (Stokes 90), 2-1 v Bray (Corcoran 91), 2-1 Rovers (Leahy 99) and 2-2 St Pat’s (Devaney 93).
Long said: “We were off the pace in the first half. St Pat’s were first to everything at times.
“It sounds like I’m hitting pause, rewind and repeat every week but we simply have to cut out these errors.
“We need to tighten up. We’ve fallen behind in too many games.
“We conceded early in both halves and again that gave us another uphill struggle.”
Bohs were given a lifeline when St Pat’s were reduced to 10 men following the dismissal of Ryan Brennan on 52 minutes.
Long said: “The sending-off definitely changed the game. It helped us gain a foothold but the lads persevered to get the second goal.”
And the manager was delighted too to see Dinny Corcoran hitting the net once more.
He hit the equaliser on 73 minutes and while most match reports attributed the equaliser to Kevin Devaney, Long is adamant it was Corcoran’s.
He said: “Dinny got both goals – he got the final touch on the second. It’s important for him and will hopefully give him a confidence boost.
“He struggled with injuries in pre-season but he’s looking a lot sharper in training lately and hopefully this will do him no end of good.”
He said: “This is a different challenge tomorrow.
“Waterford will be very tough opponents. They’re third in the league for a reason.
“They’ve beaten us down in the RSC already. We felt we should have got something out of that game but we know we have to be at our very best.”