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First Team News

Thoughts of Head Coach Stephen Bradley ahead of tonight’s home game v Drogheda United:

On the 1-0 win at Finn Harps:
“It wasn’t a great game, we sort of expected that going up there, it never is a great game. But if you had offered me the 1-0 before I went up I would have taken your hand off so it was great to get the win. It’s good when you score a few minutes before half time, you know it changes their team talk at half time, it sends them in a bit deflated and we went in full of confidence. I think we came out in the second half and without playing really well, controlled the game. Brandon Miele was brilliant, he was positive, he got at the defence all night but his last touch when he was in on goal was a bit heavy and it got away from him. We never really looked in trouble, maybe until the last two or three minutes when they had one or two in the box.”
Michael O’Connor:
“Great header, difficult to put in the far corner from where he was so a great finish. The lads who came in, for me it was never an issue, it’s a strong squad. That’s the reason we have the squad, for nights like that, when there’s injuries or suspensions. Mikey’s worked really hard the last few weeks to get his fitness levels up, which is part of the reason why he hasn’t been in the team. We had a good chat about that and he worked really hard on and off the pitch and I think you saw that on Friday, he looked really sharp and obviously scored the goal.”
Injuries and suspensions:
“Two good players to have back, Trevor Clarke and Dave Webster, important players. Paul Corry is the only injury, who’s long term, and Graham Burke and Dave McAllister are still suspended.  Graham’s not on social media so he felt it was something he had to do, talk to the fans and apologise. It was a stupid thing to do and he knew he let everyone down and I think it was important that Graham got that message out.”

On Drogheda:
“What we have to do first of all is go in with the right attitude, we didn’t do that up in Drogheda and we got beaten and we deserved to get beaten. So they’ve shown already this year if you don’t respect the game and don’t respect what they are they’ll turn you over. No matter what game plan they come with we’ve got to make sure that we’re mentally focused and ready to win the game. We’ve been excellent since then, I think Drogheda and Bray have been our two worst performances of the year. We put the Bray one right here at home and we have a chance to go and put the Drogheda one right now. I loved playing for Pete Mahon, he was really good to me and I learned a lot from Pete. He’s a proper manager and I’ve nothing but good things to say about Pete.”