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First Team News

Speaking to ahead of Tuesday night’s home tie with Bray Wanderers was Shamrock Rovers head coach, Stephen Bradley:

On the Cork game last Friday:

“The scoreline says we were terrible but the performance says we were actually really good in patches. In the first half what we set up to do was working, we looked really dangerous. We let ourselves down by conceding some ridiculous goals from set plays and you can’t do that in any game, never mind Cork away. Davey goes and gets sent off which obviously kills us as an attacking threat. We’re letting ourselves down by doing stuff like that. They’re good players, good people, good characters but just moments of madness are killing us and we need to learn from it very quickly because we can’t keep allowing it to happen. It was a strange game because if Trevor scores just after half-time you’re 2-1 up and it’s a different game. Usually he goes low on his right foot but he goes high because he scored high on his left but he missed and then they go up and score. I’ve been saying it for a long time, what Trevor can do is as good as anything this league has seen and he proved that again on Friday night.”


Injuries and suspensions:

“Darren Meenan and Davey McAllister are both out (suspended). It was a stupid challenge by Davey. Davey plays the way he plays, he’s on the edge, he’s whole hearted, he puts everything into every tackle. On Friday he mistimed that one badly and it was a sending off, there’s no way around it. For injuries it’s just Paul Corry, everyone else is OK. Roberto Lopes came through with his ankle, it was fine after Friday. Tomer’s wife had their baby. They kept the baby in – it was small – so they didn’t get out of hospital, he didn’t get to Cork until seven o’clock. That was the reason there. He is back in contention again tomorrow.”


On Bray:

“They’re a good side, I’ve watched them a few times. They’re a threat going forward, we know that. They’re above us in the table so they’re obviously doing well. We’ve got to go and respect them, going forward and make sure we impose ourselves going the other way as well and go and try and take 3 points. We have to look at the teams in front of us which are Derry and Bray, to see can we catch them and tomorrow night gives us a chance to close the gap on both.  We’re very disappointed in the scoreline and the result (in Cork) but when you sit back and look at it there’s lots of positives as well to take from the game. We know conceding from 3 set plays is not acceptable, it’s not good enough and we’ll do everything to put that right.”