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First Team News

Stephen Bradley gives his squad update in advance of Monday’s game against Cork City at Tallaght Stadium, kick off 8pm:

“I thought we were excellent [in Derry]. We created a lot of chances and should have won the game. We should have scored a couple of goals, we were really good. The pleasing part was the performance and then to have so many chances in a place that’s been hard for teams to go to this year. Most teams going there at the moment would take a point but I always felt that we could cause them problems like we did earlier on in the season and we did that, so we were disappointed not to come away with the three points.
I think people have read a lot into a couple of bad results. We didn’t become a bad team overnight and we showed that on Friday. We were just frustrated that we didn’t win the game. The group are feeling good and the confidence wasn’t an issue. The Limerick game should have been over at half-time. When we watched it back we’d played well but the scoreline put a damper on it. It was pleasing to see that carry into Friday against Derry where there was a lot of really positive stuff. We need to carry that into Monday now. 
It’s always a big game when you play Cork. They’re top of the league and they’re champions. They had a good win on Friday and they’ll come here to win. We know it’s going to be a tough challenge but one we’re really looking forward to. We want to play the best teams and Monday is a chance to do that. We were frustrated in Turners Cross [in March]. The penalty was the decisive moment in the game but we felt we could have played a bit better at times and we’ll need to be better than that to win the game on Monday.
There was a lot of very good performances in Derry but Aaron Bolger was excellent. It was a case of putting Aaron in at the right time this season and making sure he was fit enough and ready to go. We know his ability but it was about putting him in at the right time and he has slotted right in. Dan Carr has another game added to his suspension. There’s one or two knocks from the weekend but nobody is ruled out right now.”