BRANDYWELL boss, Declan Devine does not believe that familiarity breeds contempt!
The Creggan man has been preparing his troops for tonight’s vital Airtricity League encounter against Bohemians (7.45 p.m.), but he then faces the same opposition on Monday night at Dalymount Park in an EA SPORT Cup quarter-final fixture.
“Both will be totally different games,” insisted Devine.
“And we really can’t afford to think about the trip to Dalymount until after the league match,” he added.
“The League Cup match is not even on our radar at the moment, it’s all about Friday night and trying to extend our winning run after the mid-season break.”
Delighted that his players returned from the break, fresh and in good spirits, Devine again warned his players about the dangers of complacency this week.
“Our record against Bohemians has been good, particularly in Dublin but, then again, Aaron Callaghan has recorded quite a few surprises on trips away from Dalymount.
“Bohemians have held Rovers in Tallaght, Sligo at the Showgrounds and, more recently, St. Pat’s at Inchicore, so if any of our players believe that Friday’s match is going to be easy, they will be in for a shock.
“Bohemians are a young, enthusiastic side with a few senior heads involved for guidance and they can be dangerous.
“We’re at home so, hopefully, our supporters will get behind us and help us continue our winning ways as we face so many high profile games over the next few months,” noted Devine.
“The plan is to get three points and then plan for Dalymount which was not the worse draw in the world as we could have faced a longer journey away from home.
“We take the League Cup seriously and we’d like to progress to the semi-finals.”
On the team front, Devine was delighted that Barry Molloy was involved in full training this week having missed the last two matches but defenders, Thomas Crawley and Dermot McCaffrey, remain in the treatment room and will not be involved.
“I think Bohemians will be seeking a response following their defeat by Shelbourne before the break, so we must guard against that.
“They have players who can cause us problems and battles against Bohemians are always tough, particularly on home soil.”
With Rory Patterson suspended for boths games, Devine had every faith in the players who could be brought in to lead the attack.
“We have scoring threats throughout the park and in strikers such as Michael Rafter, Mark Griffin, Ryan Curran and Michael Duffy I think we’re well covered,” he concluded.