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First Team News

Stephen Bradley spoke to before Sunday’s league clash with Sligo at The Showgrounds on Sunday 2nd July, kick off 6pm.

“We’re obviously really happy with last Thursday’s result and the performance. I thought first half we played some good football and maybe could have had one or two more goals. Second half we defended really well as a team. We knew it was going to be really important over there because of their attacking threat and I thought we did that, so we’re delighted to come away with the win. It’s a great feeling. I explained that to the players after the game that away wins in Europe are very difficult to come by.
The goal is massively important for us and for Gary Shaw but his all round play is so hard for defences to play against. He’s so aggressive and quick in his play that it’s very hard to mark so it’s great for him to go and score again.
So many of the lads were really good on the night and you need nights like that, you need all of your players to stand up. I thought there wasn’t one player that had an off night which was really pleasing, especially going into a big game on Sunday as well.
Luke Byrne is going to be fine. Even with what happened with his shoulder, he said to me before the game that it’s not going to stop him playing, which typifies Luke’s attitude. He wants to train every day and play every game, we’re the ones that have to hold him back and tell him to relax at times. So it was great to see him go and play so well and he hasn’t had any sort of knock back after it. Darren Meenan trained today so that was good as well.
Everyone came through the game fine so they’re fully fit and ready to go up to Sligo, work hard and hopefully get the win. We’ll have a look at the squad but you don’t want to change too much because we’ve been doing well as a team. We might look to freshen up certain areas but there won’t be any drastic changes. We played on Thursday, the lads are professional and they recovered well.
We looked at Sligo before the European game and we knew it’d be a big game for us. They have some decent players but we won’t concentrate too much on them. Like we do for a lot of games we’ll touch on their strengths and weaknesses but we’ll concentrate on what we’ve been doing well. And now that we’re going into it on the back of three victories, we don’t fear going up there on Sunday and the lads are going into it full of confidence.”