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First Team News

Stephen Bradley gave us his thoughts in advance of tonight’s away game at Bray Wanderers, kick off 7.45pm.


“It was a good win. I thought we played well and deserved it in the end. It’s a big win but we always do well when we go up there. 
Whether we’d win or not I didn’t know but I knew we’d play well and thankfully we did that and came out on the right end of the result. It was a good delivery by Dylan Watts and Roberto Lopes did really well to get free and a good strong header. We started well, which we needed to do because we knew it was going to be a difficult game up there. It’s a tough place to go. So we came out of the blocks.
They were always going to have a spell, you expect that they’re going to for 10 or 15 minutes. Their goal takes a deflection off Lee Grace, hits the crossbar and goes in so it was very unfortunate from our point of view. But I thought we defended really well. We were disciplined when they had the spell and we came out and created a few chances. I didn’t have a good view of the penalty at the time but I’ve seen it back and for me it’s a stonewall penalty. He’s taken Ronan Finn out.

It was great to see Dylan go and grab the ball and look so confident in taking the penalty. When we saw his reaction he showed a real desire to want to take it. I thought it was a good game. It was competitive, both teams were obviously physical with each other but that’s usually the way those games are. There was some tough tackling but I didn’t think it was a dirty game.”

“We have to go there with the same mindset as Dundalk, approach the game the exact same way and look to go and try and win the game. 
We know what we have to do, perform with the same intensity as we did in Dundalk. If we do that the result will look after itself. It was important to get back to doing what we’re good at it. We hadn’t done that for the two previous games so it was important to do what we had been doing, what put us on a good run, and I felt we did that. 

There are no fresh injuries. Luke Byrne, Dave McAllister and Sean Boyd are all still out.”