Bray Wanderers v Shamrock Rovers SEE Airtricity Premier League Carlisle Grounds Friday Oct 20th 2017. Kick off 7.45pm
Speaking to shamrockrovers.ie today was Shamrock Rovers head coach, Stephen Bradley:
“It was a good cross by Brandon for the goal (against Sligo) and good movement by Gary, a clever finish. The chances showed, we hit the crossbar twice and had a one on one as well, that it should have been 3 or 4-0 at half-time. The game should have been over. Our tiredness was evident, we looked a yard off what we have been and then in the second half that increased. You could tell that we’d had a tough game on Tuesday, 30 minutes of extra-time. Mentally, emotionally and physically it takes a lot out of you, those games.
I thought Kevin Horgan was excellent. He was calm and made good decisions. It was a great free kick by them although our wall should have done better. It split, I think if they stay together it just hits the wall but he hit it well to be fair to him. We’d been on course to get Europe for a long time now. The run we went on after the Derry game set it up nicely for us and it was good to get it done on Friday.
We’ll just go and try and win tomorrow and win next week and get that third place.
The game out there (in Bray) at that point of the season typified our performances, we were good for 10-15 minutes and then we were bad for 10-15 minutes. We got punished and the game was over. I’d put it down as one of our worst performances this season. We showed when we played them in Tallaght that we were a different team at that stage of the season and I think it’s important that we show that again tomorrow night. We just need to perform to our levels and our standards.
Brandon Miele (suspended) and Dave Webster (broken foot) are out. A few are doubtful but we’ll have a look at them tomorrow and see where they are. If you look at our injuries over the season we haven’t had many muscle injuries and I think that’s credit to what Darren Dillon has done with the lads. It’s how we train as well. We had one or two at the start of the year but other than that we’ve been fine. The ones we’ve had have been serious injuries and impact injuries. That’s the case for the last 2 months, any injury we’ve had has been a tackle or an elbow or something.
Paul Corry has been brilliant around the group and around the dressing room. He’s really done his work like a proper professional. I’m gutted for him to have that ability and have to retire so young but it’s the right call to make. I think Paul is well aware that not only for his footballing career but his life in general, in the next 10-20 years, it’s important that he can move around and have mobility. That’s how serious the injury was. It’s obviously devastating, you don’t like to see any player retire young from injury but I’m sure Paul will be a good coach. He understands the game, he sees the game and I think down the line that will definitely be a career that he’ll go into.”