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First Team News

Squad update from Stephen Bradley in advance of Friday’s away game v Derry City:

“We were disappointed [to go out of the League Cup]. We made a lot of changes but we still expected to go and win the game and progress. But we missed our chances and got punished at the end. It was the same as last year, we wanted to go as far as possible in the competition. Changing the whole team obviously didn’t help, it took us a while to settle down and we looked a bit disjointed at times especially in the first half.
We got better as the game went on and had a few chances in the second half. Their goalkeeper made good saves. Eric Abulu and Brandon Kavanagh were both excellent considering how young they are and playing against a decent team. They did really well and showed that they’re not too far away from playing. It was good to get game time into the lads who haven’t been playing, I think that was important to keep up the match fitness.
The players are fine and they’ll be ready to go for tomorrow, it’s a challenge we’re really looking forward to. Obviously we want to win, winning games is what you’re in it for, we just need to get back to what we’re good at it like we did against Limerick and keep doing that.
We just need to take our chances. Against Limerick it could have been four or five so we need to be ruthless. We create chances in most games and we need to take them.
Derry are on a good run of form so we know it’s going to be a tough game but one that we’re looking forward to. When we beat them earlier [6-1 in Tallaght] they’ve gone on a good run since then and I think that shows the way things can change quickly in the league with results. Sean Boyd is the only injury, he came on the other night and pulled his hamstring.”