The urge to bask in their 1-1 draw at FC Salzburg must be strong, but Bohemian FC manager Patrick Fenlon has urged his players to "finish the job" when they host the return in Dublin this evening.
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The urge to bask in one of the club's finest ever results must be strong, but Bohemian FC manager Patrick Fenlon has urged his players to focus on completing the task in the home leg of their UEFA Champions League third qualifying round tie against FC Salzburg.
Playing their 59th match in UEFA club competition, Bohemians held the Austrian champions to a memorable 1-1 draw at the EM Stadion Wals-Siezenheim, Joseph Ndo firing a 60th-minute equaliser four minutes after goalkeeper Brian Murphy had kept out a penalty from prolific Salzburg striker Marc Janko. "I feel that this group of players have a lot more in them; they just need to believe in themselves a little bit more," Fenlon told uefa.com. "They have to finish it off. There's no point in talking about getting a 1-1 draw in Austria if you end up going out in the home leg.
"I have been in this position before as a player and a coach: you get a big result away from home but you can't finish the job at home. Irish clubs can now match these teams, the clubs from countries like Austria and Croatia and Scandinavia, but it's a matter of winning the ties, not just getting a draw away from home and losing the tie. I don't want a 'well done' story and a pat on the back so we can think about next season; I want us to finish it off. I know what it would mean to the club if we can finish it off."
The 40-year-old will be able to recall influential captain Owen Heary from suspension for next Wednesday's decider at Dalymount Park, while Irish Under-21 international Graham Carey has agreed a new loan stint from Celtic FC. "I think the Salzburg manager was a bit too light-hearted after the game by saying the tie was over two legs," added Fenlon. "The tie is over two legs but the pressure is on them now and it's hard to deal with."