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First Team News

Team news ahead of Tuesday’s game away v Limerick F.C.

Limerick FC v Shamrock Rovers

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division  

Markets Field

Tuesday, Aug 15th, 2017. Kick off 7.45pm

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

“It could have been a lot more in terms of the scoreline (against Glenville in the FAI Cup) but it wasn’t. We did what we had to do to get through which was the main thing. We’ll obviously be keeping an eye on today’s draw and see who we get. We’ve got two away games before Derry play on Sunday and we need to win them. If we do that it makes it a lot tighter so it’s an important game for us tomorrow.

Limerick have changed a little bit since the new manager came in. I know they’ll be up for it and they’ll want to put on a performance in front of their fans. We’ve got to be ready for that and be ready to go and battle. They’re a really good club with some really good people behind the scenes. They try and do things the right way like ourselves. When I signed there their whole ambition was to get back to Markets Field. They’ve done that now and they’re building on it. It’s a great place to go and play, it’s a big pitch.

I think we were a different team (the last time Rovers played Limerick) then. At that time you could see when we got to 1-0 we were a bit nervy and dropped too deep and they caught us in the last few minutes. The important thing is that we create a lot of chances and it’s only a matter of time before they start going in. If we weren’t making them I’d be worried. We won up at Oriel Park and we were really good, and since then other than Bohs I think we’ve been good. We just need to keep playing the way we’ve been playing.

Sam Bone has to go and see the specialist and we’re still waiting for his protective mask to come through. We’ll have to assess Roberto Lopes in the morning with the physio and doctor. The two of them have been training and they’re getting there. It could be just a day too early for them but even if they’re not fit for tomorrow they’ll be ready for Friday (in Galway). Luke Byrne is still a few days away. Dan Devine was back in training last week. He got a bad knock on his ankle in training a few weeks back. Graham Burke is suspended. Cameron King goes straight into contention. He’s impressed me, he’s come in and done well. He looks dangerous attacking. He can run at pace at defenders and makes good decisions. He can play left wing, right wing or in behind the striker so he’ll be a good addition.”