- Thursday March 9th, 2023 @ 14:20
Preview: St Pat's Vs Bohemians (10/03/23)
Over 5,000 supporters will be packed into Richmond Park on Friday night as St Pat's host Bohs in a Dublin derby.
Home and away tickets are totally sold out for the game, but it will be live on LOITV with coverage beginning at 7.30pm, Oisin Langan and former St Pat's winger and Ireland international Keith Treacy will be in the commentary box.
The Saints will be looking to bounce back from defeats away to Dundalk and Sligo Rovers last weekend while Bohemians will hoping to keep up their good form under new Manager Declan Devine, The Gypsies lost 1-0 to Shelbourne last Friday before beating Drogheda United 3-1 on Monday evening.
Head To Head
St Patrick's Athletic against Bohemians is one of the oldest and most fiercely contested rivalries in Irish football, tomorrow night will be the 187th meeting of the clubs in the league, Pat's have had the upper hand with 72 wins, Bohs have come out on top 61 times with 53 draws. There have been 483 goals scored between the sides, with Pat's netting 244 of them and Bohs scoring 239.
Tim Clancy's team won three of the four league meetings last season.
Bohemians won the first game 1-0 at Dalymount before three Saints victories, 3-0 at Richmond Park in May thanks to a Tunde Owolabi hat-trick, 3-1 at Dalymount in August with Barry Cotter, Chris Forrester and Adam O'Reilly on target before another 3-1 victory in October in Inchicore, Serge Atakayi, Mark Doyle and Ben McCormack got the goals.
Declan Devine watched that last game from the stands having been named Bohemians Manager earlier that day.
We want to put things right on Friday - Grivosti
Defender Tom Grivosti is in his second season at the club, having joined from Scottish side Ross County at the beginning of last season.
The Liverpudlian spoke to the media at Richmond Park on Thursday afternoon, after those defeats in Dundalk and Sligo, he is hoping to put things right.
"We have to bounce back from last weekend and there is no better way to do that then at home in front of a sell out crowd at Richmond Park in a Dublin Derby, so we're looking forward to putting things right on Friday night.
We've watched back the videos of the games in Dundalk and Sligo and also watched clips Bohs' recent games, we've prepared well and we've looked back at what we want to put right, we need to be more secure in defence and we need to start scoring more goals too, and that's what we'll be aiming to do tomorrow night."
"We're looking for a massive reaction" - Clancy
Manager Tim Clancy also spoke to the media ahead of the game:
"Last weekend wasn't ideal and we had two really poor results against Dundalk and Sligo, so we are looking for a massive reaction in what is a big game against Bohs tomorrow night.
The mood is the squad was down a little bit after last weekend but we are trying to keep them positive, we know we need a better performance and a better result against Bohemians, they've started the season really well, it's going to be a tough game but it's a good one for us to react in, and hopefully we'll get back onto a positive run.
The supporters are right to be disappointed with the performances in the last two games and the results, but this is an opportunity for us at a sold out Richmond Park to get them back enjoying football again and a good result against Bohs tomorrow night would go a long way towards doing that."
Goalkeeper Danny Rogers (dislocated / fractured thumb), Harry Brockbank (calf) and Adam Murphy (achilles) will all miss the game, Rogers and Brockbank will both be out for a number of weeks while Murphy is nearing a return to full fitness, he has returned to light training.
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