Bohemians manager Keith Long says his side's 2-1 win over PAOK is "right up there" in terms of where it ranks in the list of high points during his tenure.

Bohs pulled off a famous home result against the Greek Superleague side in the first leg of the UEFA Europa Conference League third qualifying round tie at the Aviva Stadium.

Ali Coote's brace put the Dublin side up two goals to the good before the 2018-19 Greek champions pulled one back to leave the tie finely poised ahead of the return leg in Thessaloniki next week.

"Of course, it has to be right there. I mean PAOK are a really good side," said Long.

"In Europe we've been fantastic this year. Our performances have been really good. We all want the Irish teams to do well in Europe.

"We've settled in the Aviva Stadium and the fans have been absolutely fantastic for us. They've generated a cracking atmosphere again tonight. Tonight was probably the best of the three games in terms of atmosphere and we needed them to drag the team to new heights.

"But yeah, it's right up there for sure."

Long said he was satisfied with the overall performance and the way in which Bohs grew into the occasion. But he rued the concession of Nelson Oliveira's goal 12 minutes from time.

Ali Coote embraced by Keith Long during the game

"We've got an advantage going into the second leg away. It's going to be very tough. It's pleasing we got ahead but it's a pity we couldn't keep a clean sheet," he said.

"We got after the game. I thought we were nervous enough to start off with but grew steadily into the game as the first half progressed.

"Ali Coote gets a great goal and we come into the game a lot more and we started to show signs of our attacking threat, particularly down the right hand side with some of the combination play between Andy (Lyons), Georgie (Kelly) and Ali which led to the first goal.

"We're ahead at half-time - I know it's a cliche - but we've won a game at home against a very, very good side so there's a significant step up in terms of the level of the opposition tonight.

"We've got to try and recover as best we can now. We're pleased with the performance, we could have played a little bit better second half but we scored two goals and got ahead in the game. I thought we tried to play the game on our terms on the front foot as best we possibly can. We didn't show the opposition too much respect."

With a difficult task awaiting Bohs in the second leg, Long added that he expects a "partisan" crowd in Greece - capacity dependent and that it will require a "performance of huge proportions" to hold onto their narrow advantage.

But he feels confident that his side have a "fighting chance" of completing the task next week.

"We showed that tonight that we're capable of creating chances. It will be very difficult, there's no doubt about that, away from home," he said.

"But we kept the tie alive. We've more than done that."

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