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First Team News

Rovers are back at Tallaght Stadium for the second time in four days taking on Bray Wanderers in the third league game of the 2018 season.

Shamrock Rovers v Bray Wanderers

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

Tallaght Stadium

Monday Feb 26th 2018. Kick off 8pm


Speaking ahead of Monday night’s game against Bray, Hoops Head Coach Stephen Bradley said:

“I thought the Dundalk game was a big improvement on the previous week. On another night we could have scored as we had the one off the post by Brandon Miele. Attacking wise we’ll get better as time goes but overall as a team it was good and everyone did well. We probably only had one or two chances each throughout the game but it was a good competitive game.

We’ve been excellent defensively in pre-season and we slipped for 10 minutes against Bohs but I knew that wasn’t us. It was good to see us back to ourselves on Friday and we want to continue that against Bray. It’s a credit to the squad that in our second season everyone is talking about us competing with the top two. Now we need to make sure we win on Monday.

We’ll have to see how it goes with Ronan Finn, he’s getting better every day but we’ll need to assess him again before the game. Greg Bolger has a knock on his knee so we’ll have to have a look at it in the morning. It’s good to get Trevor Clarke back [from suspension]. He adds to the competition for places again in the squad. We saw on Friday that competition for places is going to be high, in terms of people that can come in and play because the squad is strong.

The Bray defeat at the start of last season typified us then, we were very inconsistent. The one at the end, we’d wrapped up a European place at that stage and we rested a few players so I don’t read too much into that one. We’re a stronger team than last year. Bray got a draw in Oriel Park and had one or two chances as well so they’re a dangerous team with dangerous players. If we play to our levels the result will look after itself but we have to up the gears.

The crowd was brilliant on Friday, it must be one of the biggest crowds we’ve had in Tallaght in a long time. It was excellent and I love to see it. It would be good to get them back on Monday and keep them coming throughout the season. I think they’ll see another good game. We showed what the group is about on Friday, of course we can play better at times but I’ve no doubt the first win is just around the corner, hopefully Monday.”