Bohemians manager Keith Long admitted that confidence in his group was low following the late concession of a goal against Drogheda United that saw the points shared at Head In The Game Park.

Liam Burt's second goal of the season looked to have handed Bohemians a third win of the season but James Clarke's intervention, turning in after Bohs failed to clear Brandon Bermingham’s corner, meant the spoils were shared in Monday's Premier Division clash.

The visitors, had they held on, would have been full value for their win against a United side who now haven’t won in five outings but will be boosted by the late leveller, which was hardly deserved in truth.

Bohemians have taken just eight points from a maximum 27 so far this season, and their manager could not hide his frustration when he spoke to RTÉ Sport afterwards.

"It's a disappointing result because we done enough to win the game," Long reflected.

"When your luck is out, you often concede those bad goals. There is no dressing that up. We conceded from set-plays on Friday (against Derry City) and we conceded another one today. I don't think we should have given Drogheda that opportunity; our play in the build-up needs to be looked at.

"We need to be better and smarter and just see out the game. It feels like another defeat. We've drawn a game that we really should have won. We really need to manage a game better when you are closing in on the 92nd minute."

Long went on to say that "confidence in the group is low", with today's draw coming on the back of three successive defeats.

"Results, scoring goals and winning games breeds confidence. We look like a group that's suffering at the moment.

"The only way to get out of this is to work hard, believe in ourselves and roll up our sleeves. We do need to get better in those moments and stop conceding cheap goals, while also taking our chances. We had one or two chances today to wrap the game up.

"After the first round of games our points return isn't good enough."

Long's opposite number Tim Clancy was glad to get the point but admitted his side were not at their best.

"We were very pleased to get the point because that was the poorest we've been all season.

"I can't question the effort and application, but we never got going today and never troubled their keeper. Keith will be very frustrated that they didn't win the game."

On the plus side, Clancy added: "We showed great character, our fitness levels were good and we kept going to the end. It makes a change when losing late to Pat's and Rovers. Things do even themselves out."