By Robert O’Reilly
Drogheda United will return to league action on Friday when they host mid-table Bohemians at United Park, kick-off 7.45pm.
Following the postponement of their most recent league game away to Derry City, it has now been four weeks since the Drogs played in the league with their FAI Cup run coming to an end last week.
Tasked with a difficult quarter-final tie away to reigning league champions Dundalk, the Boynesiders were on the end of a 4-0 defeat with Drogs boss Pete Mahon believing that the scoreline was a harsh reflection of his side.
“I have no complaints with Dundalk winning,” Mahon explained Wednesday evening. “They were the better side on the night and we struggled to cope with them early on.
“We improved after the break and were unfortunate not to score to bring us back into the game.
“I wasn’t happy though with a number of the decisions that went against us, particularly the penalty for the fourth.”
Drogheda are on a well documented long winless run in the league, last tasting victory away to Finn Harps in April, leaving them adrift at the bottom of the table.
With only seven games remaining, Mahon is eager for his side to express themselves and play without fear against the Gypsies.
“I don’t think that there are many experts out there giving us much hope of turning things around.
“We have seven games left to play and we simply want to put as many points on the board as we possibly can and see where that leaves us.
“Bohs have had another good season but they’ll know they aren’t quite safe yet so it should make for a competitive game.
“Given our predicament in the league, I’m hopeful that the lads can play without fear and really go for the win on Friday.”
Colm Deasy, Gavin Brennan and Ryan Masterson miss out through injury but the club are hopeful that both Kevin Farragher and Stephen Elliott will be available for selection.