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First Team News

Stephen Bradley gave this update on team news ahead of Saturday’s match vs Derry City (5pm kick off):


I thought we were very good. We fully deserved the five goals and it probably should have been more. I was really happy with the clean sheet as well. Two really good strikes by Ronan Finn and Greg Bolger. Ronan is known for scoring goals like that and Greg not so much but it set us up nicely early on. Greg hits the ball really cleanly, it’s interesting that he doesn’t shoot more often because it’s a great strike. 

It was important that we started quickly. In those games, the more you let it go that you don’t reach your level it becomes difficult, the longer the game goes on the more belief they get. We went out there and tried to put the game to bed as quickly as possible. I think Dylan Watts’ shot was going on target to be fair to him but there was a big deflection. Sometimes they go for you and sometimes they go against you like it did recently against Dundalk. It went in our favour this time.
We’ve been talking about the lads going up for corners for a while because we feel our delivery is as good as anything in the league and we should score more goals from that. Pico Lopes has scored a few now but overall I think we should get more from set pieces.
It’s important to get these young players involved when the time is right. We do have to be careful about when we push them and how hard we push them. There’s a lot that goes into it, you don’t just throw them into the team. We’ve had a few in this year, Dean Williams [league debut] last week, and hopefully that continues. I’m surprised Dean didn’t score with his chance, it was good movement and he is a great finisher but the keeper made a good save.

I’m sure they’ll want a reaction after what happened against Bohs. It’s going to be a tough game but we’ve just got to reach our standards and see where that takes us. We’ve got be prepared for Derry wanting to put their results in the past week right, and we have to be ready for that.
Out of all the times that we played Derry this season, I thought that was our best performance [at the Brandywell in April]. We just couldn’t score on the day. It’s strange how it works. This year we’ve beaten them twice and drawn with them but none of that matters on Saturday. It’ll be a difficult game because I’m sure they’ll react.
There are big game games for us and Waterford to go [to get third place]. There’s going to be points dropped somewhere along the line but all we can do is focus on Derry, we can’t think about the other four games.

We’ve no new injuries, only Trevor Clarke, Dave McAllister and Luke Byrne are out.