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First Team News

Stephen Bradley gave his team news in advance of Friday’s big home game v Waterford F.C.

“We didn’t play anywhere near our levels [against St Pat’s] that we have been at the last few weeks and we lost the game. That was the disappointing bit, we’d been very good before that in the three games. We’d played at our levels with a high tempo but against Pat’s we were just flat. We were flat all over the pitch. We didn’t start the game right and if you don’t start games right it’s very difficult to get yourself going and that’s what happened.
We eventually gave away a really poor goal and it cost us. Dan Carr had a one-on-one and maybe should do better, on another night he maybe scores it. But did we deserve to win the game – probably not.
Waterford are doing really well. They’re winning games and playing good football. We know tomorrow night is going to be a tough game. It was a strange game down there last time.  Anything that could have went wrong, went wrong. We obviously had the sending off and then Trevor and Luke came off injured. We played 80 odd minutes with ten men but I thought we did well down there. We played well and on another night could have got something out of the game, their keeper made really good saves.
We’ve been really good at home other than Bohs. We’ve played well and I expect us to be the same tomorrow night. We’ll be looking to win like we have every game at home. But like Cork like last week, Waterford are a good side.
Joey O’Brien is suspended. Sean Boyd is still a little bit away and we’ll have to assess Kevin Horgan early in the morning. He picked up a knock against Pat’s and he’s been struggling since. He felt his leg in the game but wasn’t sure how bad it was. He was able to continue so there was no need to change.”