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First Team News

Team news ahead of Friday’s bi9g deruby game against St Patrick’s Athletic at Tallaght Stadium.

Shamrock Rovers v Saint Patrick’s Athletic

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division  

Tallaght Stadium

Friday, June 2nd, 2017. Kick off 8pm


Speaking to today was Shamrock Rovers head coach, Stephen Bradley:


On the 2-0 win over Bray:

“I thought we played really well, considering the result we had on Friday (in Cork). It was important that we bounced back. I thought the support we had in Cork was unbelievable, to applaud the players like they did after the game gave us a massive boost going into Bray and we knew we had to go and put on a performance to basically say thanks for that and repay that. I thought the players did that, they stood up and showed the fans they appreciate that. I thought Ronan and Ryan were different class. Brandon has been excellent, his goals have obviously been good but his play in general has been positive, taking us up the pitch, running at people and being direct. It was 2 and it could have been 2 or 3 more. When we’re cutting teams open like that we need to be more clinical in the final third and silly offsides frustrate you because teams are there to be put to bed. We need to be more ruthless in that sense.”


Injuries and suspensions:

“Paul Corry is long term with his knee but other than that everyone is fit and ready to go. Gary Shaw got a slight bit of cramp in his hamstring (against Bray), he wasn’t sure it was a cramp at the time, he thought he’d strained it but it was time to get him off the pitch and ready for tomorrow. Dave McAllister is available but we just got it through from the FAI that they put 2 on top of the 1 game ban. We’re very surprised because it was a sending off but there wasn’t anything else in it really but there’s nothing we can do.”


On St Pat’s:

“We know it’s a derby and no matter what form they’re in they’ll come here and it’s different here but we’ve got to make sure that we’re ready for that, that we play with the same energy and desire that we have the last few games. If we do that we’re more than a match for anyone. But we can’t underestimate anything Pat’s are going to bring, we know they’re very dangerous going forward, they have Christy Fagan and Conan Byrne, people who can score goals so we’ve got to make sure we’re on our game. We’ve been excellent at home, we’ve started games really well here and we’ll look to do that again tomorrow. We’re catching teams by surprise by how quickly we can start. Our aim is Derry and Bray and I firmly believe we can catch both. We need to win tomorrow to get us into the break level.”