Shane Robinson rued a strong defensive performance by Bohemians as Shamrock Rovers were held to a 0-0 draw in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division clash last night.
Ciaran Kilduff missed a great chance to win the game for the Hoops late on, but Bohs also had their opportunities in a game that rarely sparked to life in Tallaght Stadium.
The Rovers captain told RTÉ: “We just couldn't break them down. We did have a chance with four minutes left. Kilduff was in on goal and that's the chance we need to take.
“We controlled the second half but I don't think we did enough really. We didn't create enough chances. A Dublin derby is tight all of the time and we did have the chance at the end. We take a point and move on.”
Karl Moore and Jason Byrne had the best moments on goal for Bohs as they also spurned chances to make the breakthrough.
A new defensive pairing of David O’Connor and Rob Cornwall was employed on the night for Trevor Croly’s side with Jason McGuinness out injured. Robinson admitted it did leave Rovers somewhat unsettled in the opening half.
“We had a new back four tonight with a couple of injuries during the week. We were a little bit disorganised to be honest early on.
“Bohs could have taken a chance. We tried to overplay a little in the first half. In the second half we were the strongest side but couldn't put them away" - Shane Robinson
“Bohs could have taken a chance. We tried to overplay a little in the first half. In the second half we were the strongest side but couldn't put them away.
“It's hard, they sat in and had men behind the ball. Look, we just couldn't break them down. Sometimes it's easy to watch and say we didn't do this or didn't do that but I thought we moved the ball well and couldn't find it. (Ronan) Finn has had a couple of shots that were blocked. The keeper has made a couple of saves.
“They defended well and credit to them. Owen (Heary) has them really well organised. They are always tight games between Bohs and Rovers and we have four points from them.
“Last year we only got two so that's an improvement. We move on to next week and look to keep going. We're unbeaten at home and in five so we just need to keep racking them up.”