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First Team News

Team news in advance of Friday’s big Dublin Derby:

Shamrock Rovers v Bohemians
Tallaght Stadium
Friday 13th April, 8pm kick off

A big crowd is expected, buy your ticket online or come early where they will be on sale at the ticket booths from 6pm. And remember to wear your colours as it is #FlagDay on Friday.

Speaking in advance of the game, head coach Stephen Bradley said:

“I thought we played well against Dundalk, we created chances. Overall I was happy with the performance but disappointed with not coming away with any points. To play so well and create so many chances, you can’t give away goals as a team and we did that. When you do it against a half decent team you’re going to get punished and Dundalk are a good side so they’re obviously going to punish you.

We’d worked on Dan Carr with certain movements [from corners in training] so it was good to score but to be fair we could have scored two or three on the night. Sean Kavanagh, Ronan Finn getting in and Graham Burke hit the bar. Gary Shaw’s one on one. We had a lot of chances and created a lot. Sean’s disallowed goal was two yards onside, we just don’t seem to be getting those decisions at the moment. Hopefully over the course of the season they even themselves out. It doesn’t make the Bohs game any bigger that we lost last week. We have our targets and they don’t change whether we win, lose or draw.

It’s a big game, we know that. If we come ready to play like we did last week and have done for most of the season then we’ll be fine. The players know it’s a big game, players like Sean [his first derby] have heard a lot of talk about it. They know it’ll be a good atmosphere here and that it’ll be a tough game. Bohs will come to play and fight for 90 minutes. We’ve had them watched the last few games and they’ve been unlucky.
We don’t go into games feeling we ‘owe’ teams one, we just want to win the game and tomorrow will be no different. I haven’t heard that the pitch is a concern, usually the ground staff are really good and look after it so I’d imagine on Friday it’ll be fine. We’ll look to continue our home form, hopefully we play to our levels and that’s enough to get us the three points. Joey O’Brien is back but Sean Boyd is still another week away. Trevor Clarke had his operation yesterday. It was a success, I’m hopeful he’ll be back before the end of the season.”