Danny Grant said Bohs won't allow their Dublin derby loss against Shamrock Rovers to derail their league focus as they aim to keep their title dreams alive with eight games to go.

Wide man Grant was named the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers' Association of Ireland Player of the Month for August on Thursday, just reward for a string of excellent displays at home and in Europe.

The Gypsies were beaten by the Hoops 1-0 in Tallaght last week but they're still only five points off the table toppers, and Grant is keeping things in perspective.

"We can only look after ourselves," the 20-year-old said. "That's the message from our coaches and we won’t be paying attention to anybody else.

"We’re just aiming to bounce back against Waterford after the loss last week, so that’s all we are concentrating on right now."

Keith Long's side won all four of their Premier Division matches in August as they stormed out of the traps following the prolonged break caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

It lifted Bohs up to second in the table, with Grant - who scored the winner against Finn Harps and got on the scoresheet in a 2-1 victory over Dundalk - playing a key role in their surge.

"Goals were something that I needed to add to my game," he added. "I spoke to Keith and Trevor [Croly] at the start of the year and both agreed that my performances were good but that my end product could be better.

"We’ve worked hard over the break, doing a lot of crossing and finishing. I don’t think I was getting into the right areas enough so they also helped me with my positioning.

"I'm absolutely buzzing with the award, particularly as it’s my first time to win it."

Ronan Coughlan of Sligo Rovers finished second in the voting, while Shamrock Rovers defender Roberto Lopes was third.