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First Team News

Speaking to today was Shamrock Rovers Director of Football, Stephen McPhail:

“It was great (against Stjarnan), the way we did it as well and the manner in which we played and took the games to the Icelanders was impressive. It gives a great boost to everyone. We spoke about it after the game how big an achievement it was to win both legs and keep two clean sheets. And the way the boys went about it, the way they showed the confidence to play at the right time and then see out the game, it was really impressive from our lads.

Graham Burke coming back into the team for the European games after suspension makes a big difference. He’s really calm and collected on the ball and makes some good decisions so the European game suits Graham quite well. He’s a terrific player so hopefully he can have another good couple of games in the ones coming up. Tomer made maybe three top class saves over the two legs. Pico, Dave, Simon and Lukey defended really well and the boys in midfield worked their socks off. It was all round two great displays in seeing the job through.

We got a couple of videos on Boleslav. They’re a really good team, obviously a step from the Icelandic team in class. A physical team, not where they want to be physically themselves in pre-season. So hopefully we’ll have a bit of an edge there. We’ll respect them and try to take the game to them. We’ll see how the first twenty minutes go, feel the game out and see where we are. We know how we’re going to play. We feel we’re that sort of team, whoever we play. Quite high energy, we like to press and our tempo is an important part of our game. We just hope the boys show that grit and determination to manage the game at the right times because over two legs is a difficult task.

Apart from Paul Corry everyone is fit and ready to go. It’s great for them. There’s a lot of young boys in the squad, they’re special nights these European games, you don’t get many of them throughout your career. So they’ve got to take that and try and use it as motivation to get through the next one and who knows where it can end up.”

Fans notice: Ticket sales have been very strong and a big crowd is expected, to avoid queues at the ticket office on matchday supporters can use the e-ticket option online where tickets can be purchased and the barcode scanned at the turnstiles. Match tickets will also be on sale at the stadium tomorrow from 12pm.