LIMERICK FC manager Martin Russell believes his side need to record six wins from their remaining 11 SSE Airtricity League Premier Division games to harbour any realistic chance of maintaining their top flight status.
Basement side Limerick finally secured their first win of the Premier Division season - at the 22nd attempt - when edging fellow strugglers Sligo Rovers 3-2 at the Markets Field on Saturday night.
Limerick will look to make it back-to-back home wins when the Blues host fifth-placed Bohemians in another crucial tie at the Markets Field this Saturday evening, August 8, at 6.30pm.
Martin Russell’s Limerick side trail second-from-bottom Sligo Rovers by seven points in the table with a third of the season still to go.
And the Shannonsiders are ten points adrift of 10th-placed Derry City.
Blues boss Russell said: “We probably need six wins to have any realistic chance probably. I do think we are in a better shape to attack that target now than we were three weeks ago.
“We will need a bit of luck as well. We know that. It has been that type of season that we didn’t get the rub of the green early on with a younger squad.
“It will take a lot of tough work, but we are committed to it. We are a little bit more buoyed up now than we were a week ago.”
While Saturday’s opponents Bohemians sit in a comfortable fifth place in the Premier Division table, although the Gypsies no longer harbour realistic title-winning ambitions, Russell is expecting the Dublin side to provide a huge test for the side.
Russell said: “You only have to look at what Bohs’ did to Derry. They were 4-0 up after 20 minutes. Derry, as we found out, are a difficult side to get a result against. It is a tough league.
“Bohs are in a healthy position. I know they are going to come down here on Saturday trying to remain as high in the league as they can. They have their own ambitions.
“But, as I said, we are more ready to give them a game than ever. That is why we are looking forward to Saturday. The win over Sligo was exactly what the doctor ordered. We needed to have some chink of hope and win at the weekend has given us that.”