Bohemians manager Keith Long kept his cards close to his chest after Danny Mandroiu was left out of the match-day squad for the comeback win over Derry City on Friday night.

Bohs struck twice in stoppage time to snatch all three points at Dalymount Park but the absence of Republic of Ireland Under-21 midfielder Mandroiu was a talking point.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Long remained coy on the situation.

"Danny wasn't in the 18. He was on the bench last week," he said.

"Dawson [Devoy] has come in and done well and Keith Ward has been doing well for us.

"We had a little niggle with Keith Buckley as a central midfielder so we felt that Ross Tierney needed to be on the bench along with JJ Lunney. That's the simple explanation for that one."

Mandroiu was a notable absence on Friday night

Regarding the speculation around Mandroiu and the player's future at Bohemians, Long added: "I'd rather talk about the quality of Dawson Devoy and Keith Ward and the players that played tonight.

"Danny is a talented boy and he's an Under-21 Irish international and the boys are doing well in the team at this moment in time.

"They put in a particularly good performance up in Sligo last week, so we rewarded that with more or less the same starting eleven, other than Chris Twardek who went out of the team because of suspension.

"So it's horses for courses. We've got a squad. It's not about one player, one individual within that group. It's very much a team and we have to make sure we do what's right for the team." 

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