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Football: BOB DISPLAYS UNITED FRONT; Bohemians v Monaghan U.


MONAGHAN United boss Bobby Browne is remaining defiant after his side's poor start to the season - and despite the fact they face a free-scoring Bohs side that's intent on revenge at Dalymount Park tonight (7.0).

Bohs are smarting after losing to old rivals Shamrock Rovers on their home patch eight days ago - and especially because it was the centre-piece of the celebrations for Dalymount's 100th birthday.

The Gypsies have banged in six goals against UCD and five against Galway already - now they have struggling Monaghan in their sights.

United are still looking for their first win of the season - and they're the only side in the top flight doing so after Galway's victory in midweek at Belfield.

But Browne has rung the changes this week, bringing in former Gypsies Tommy Byrne and Robbie Brunton, along with ex-Shels youngster Barry Byrne.

None of the trio are likely to start, however, because they lack match practice.

"It's not an ideal situation to be in, but we needed to change things around," admitted Browne.

"We lacked solidity. We were loose in midfield and at the back, and while they might not be ready for this game, they'll do a job for me over the next few weeks."

Although Monaghan are already in danger of being cast adrift at the foot of the table, he added: "It's not all doom and gloom here. I had to give the players who got us into the Premier Division a chance, and now I have, I know which ones can do the job.

"Now I'm bringing in players with a bit more experience and I'm looking forward to the challenge of playing Bohs - if we go there thinking we'll get hammered, then we might as well not go at all. We'll give it everything."

Bohs skipper Kevin Hunt is suspended as the Gypsies try to regain the top berth from Shamrock Rovers.

Stephen Caffrey is likely to fill in for Hunt in the middle of the park alongside Fergal Harkin while Avery John is likely to return to the centre-half role he has excelled in so far this season.

Monaghan are likely to be without Eddie Meier, Stephen Murphy and Mick Scully due to injury.

Manager Pete Mahon must also decide if he wants to continue with Michael Dempsey in goal, or bring back fit-again Wayne Russell.


SUSPENDED: Kevin Hunt; DEFIANT: Bobby Browne
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 15, 2001
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