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First Team News

Stephen Bradley gave the following squad update in advance of the trip to play Cork City on Friday night:

“I thought overall it was a good performance [against Derry]. We defended well and attacking wise we created a lot of chances. Their keeper made some really good saves in the first half. It was a great time to score [just before half-time] and Dan had one or two chances just before that. The goal he scored was a top quality goal. It was probably the hardest chance he had the whole night.
He’s getting in himself in the right positions and there’s a good chunk of the season left so hopefully he can keep scoring.

We’ve spoken to Joel Coustrain about adding goals to his game because he’s been good otherwise. It was pleasing to see him score and that’s two in the last two. It was a great ball and pass, Ronan Finn pulled out to the left and was really clever with the cushioned header. I thought the referee did really well too, he could have blown up and given a free kick but he let us play and it resulted in a goal.
Towards the end we knew the game was over and we could let them have it because we were comfortable. It was good to get the two goals and win the game comfortably enough.

We know going down to Cork we’re up against it. I think they were unlucky to be beaten last week, they made chances and they’ll want to put that right tomorrow night and get all three points. It’s a difficult place to go but I feel that if we play to our levels we’re more than a match for anyone in the league. It’s going to be a tough night but we’re confident in what we are and what we do. When we played down at Turner’s Cross the last couple of times we’ve done well, we just need to be more ruthless at both ends.

It’s great to have Alan Mannus available. He’s obviously a top professional goalkeeper. He brings massive experience to the group and it’s great to have him around. He had options before he came here and we were after him for a long, long time. It was great to finally get him in. He’s waiting a long time and he just wants to play now.

Competition is healthy for the squad whether it’s up front or in goal. It doesn’t matter and it’s what you want as a manager. With Sean Boyd [injured in the Leinster Senior Cup game] we have to look at everything because he’s been out for most of the season on and off. We’ve no other new injuries for Friday though.”