'I just want to get through this round and onto the next game' - Bohemians midfielder Keith Buckley

Gypsies midfielder is not concerned with being 'in the shop window' and instead is focused on helping the club to get through to the next round of the Europa League
Bohemians midfielder Keith Buckley believes that his side can do well in the Europa League if they can keep the ball, but admits that the competition is strong.

Speaking to the Irish Daily Mirror, Buckley dismissed the notion that he was in the proverbial 'shop window' and insisted he was focused on helping the team progress.

"I'm not looking at these European games as being a shop window or anything like that," Buckley told the Irish Daily Mirror.

"I just want to get through this round and onto the next game. I got two full games last year which was a great experience."

The 20-year-old played for Bohemians last season in the Europa League when they took on Slovenian side Olimpija Ljubjlana in the second qualifying round and said that it was 'an eye-opener'.

"Even though I played last year I probably have more of a chance of starting most games this year because we have a different team," he said.

"The team that we played last year [Olimpija Ljubjlana] were very good and they had a couple of players who played for Slovenia."

He added: "It was an eye-opener playing against a team like that. They just sit off and let you try to break them down.

"Once you lose the ball it is much harder to get it back than it would be when playing against someone in the league. They wait and wait for an option before playing that killer pass."

Nevertheless, the midfielder believes that the Gypsies' passing game will help them in the tie.

"This Bohs team can keep the ball well though," said Buckley. "Aaron [Callaghan] encourages us to pass it.

"He has given us all of these stats to show that we create more chances when we keep the ball and get results, so that could help us against the better teams in Europe," he concluded.

Bohemians take on Thor AK at Dalymount Park tonight, Thursday July 5. Kick off 19:45 (BST).