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First Team News

Rovers are away to Bray Wanderers on Monday 16th April in the SSE Airtricity League.

Head Coach Stephen Bradley gave the following review of last Friday’s defeat and team news on Monday’s game:

“Obviously I was disappointed with the level of our performance. As a group we know we didn’t perform but we still should manage the game better and at least win the game from a winning position. That’s a disappointing aspect of the whole night, even though you don’t play well, you’re 1-0 up and could have been 2-0 up but then lose the game. Gary Shaw had a header cleared off the line. The pull back to him as well and Joel’s chance, I think we would have been worth a point at least.
Defensively as a team we weren’t good enough from the first minute really. That’s something we’re not happy with because in the large majority of our games we’ve been good at getting pressure on the ball at the right moments but we didn’t do that on Friday. When your pressure isn’t good as a team you can get outfought all over the pitch because we were too disjointed and too open. That hasn’t been us for large parts of the season but unfortunately it was here and we were punished.
Obviously on the Saturday and Sunday immediately after the game you’re down. It’s not nice losing any game, but losing a game you’re winning and at home as well. We know we didn’t do enough but the positive is that there’s another game tomorrow to put it right and that’s what we’ll be looking to do. I had Bray watched against Dundalk and by all accounts they were a lot better than what they have been all season. I think they missed one or two chances early on and it could have been a different game.
So it won’t be just show up and get the three points. It’s going to be a tough game and we’ve got to make sure that we’re a lot better than what we were on Friday night. It’s a good chance to put Friday behind us by performing first of all and then coming away with the three points.

Dan Carr was excellent on Friday. He looked dangerous all night, he held the ball and he was strong. He led the line really well and then the goal was a great finish from him. It was unfortunate that he had to come off with the injury. We’ll have to wait and see how he is in the morning and Sean Kavanagh picked up a knock, so we’ll have to see how he is as well.”