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First Team News

Team news ahead of Friday’s home game v Limerick F.C.

Shamrock Rovers v Limerick

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division

Tallaght Stadium

Friday April 20th 2018. Kick off 8pm


Speaking ahead of the game, Hoops Head Coach Stephen Bradley said:

“We obviously wanted to go to Bray and win the game but we gave away a sloppy goal and were punished. We know the individual errors have cost us in games. We’ve looked at that and we need to put it right going forward because it’s costing us. The conditions were the same for both teams so no excuses. We still shouldn’t give the goal we gave away and still shouldn’t lose the game. But we did and we need to regroup and focus again for tomorrow.

I watched back Dan Carr’s red card. I don’t think there’s much in it but I can see why the ref has given a second yellow. We looked at the team that we thought could win the game on a given night and that’s what we do all the time. I thought Brandon Kavanagh [on his league debut] did well coming on, considering the conditions and that we were down to ten men and chasing the game. Kevin Horgan showed tremendous character in the last two games. He’s got a lot of criticism and I think he showed what he’s made of to come back and perform the way he has.

You’re obviously hurting when you lose a game and the last two games have hurt us. We’re looking to put that right tomorrow night, to get back to what we’re good at and win the game. We haven’t become a bad team overnight. Two weeks ago we went and played really well in Dundalk and were very unlucky not come out of the game with something. Unfortunately in the last four days we’ve lost two games. We just need to get back to basics and back to winning games.

I watched Limerick on Tuesday against Dundalk and I think the pitch in Tallaght will suit them. They’ve some good players and they’ll want to come and win the game. So we’ve got to be ready for them and respect them and make sure we hit our levels. Gary Shaw has had to wait, he’s had to be patient because Dan [suspended] has done well. Now it’s a chance for Gary to get in the team and stay in the team. Sean Boyd just trained today for the first time, it might be a bit early for him.”