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First Team News

Stephen Bradley gave this update in advance of Rovers’ league game away at Bohemians on Monday night (8pm kick off). 

Note that all tickets for this game are sold out.

“We’re delighted with the win (v’s Derry City) because at the start of the season you’ll get scrappy games like that and it’s important to pick up three points and we did. The wind was a factor in the first half but I thought we managed the game really well, we looked in control at all times and showed a different way of winning. Aaron Greene was definitely a yard onside for the disallowed goal, he said it himself straight after the game and we felt it at the time. But you get some of those throughout the year, some go for you and some go against you. To be fair to Peter Cherrie he made some good saves in the game, the one from Sean Kavanagh was a great bit of skill by Sean to lift it over the defender.

It was a brilliant strike by Dylan Watts, he did really well on Friday with the timing of his runs into the box. He proved last year that he scores goals from them and he’s started like that this year. 

I thought it was a disgraceful tackle on Trevor Clarke (for the Derry red card). He had no chance of getting the ball and showed no intention to get the ball, only to hurt Trevor. It was a really poor tackle. Aaron McEneff’s penalty was very cheeky but the Derry boys would know which way he goes so he took that out of the equation by going down the middle. He was confident in what he was doing. You can see how it comes across when he scores and when we win games, it means a lot to Aaron. It shows what he is as a character and a person, he’s honest, really hard working and he wants to do his best for the club. We’re delighted with how he’s settled in to the group.

The players were talking about the new south stand in the dressing room afterwards and they were all excited by it and enjoyed it. It definitely makes a difference to the atmosphere inside the ground and hopefully we can keep the crowds like that coming back. 

There’s a few things we’ve looked at from the Bohs games last year, things we could have done better and hopefully we can put them right on Monday night. They’re big games the derbies but we need to play our own game. We need to make sure we’re ready for whatever the game throws up, whether it’s a battle or a football match.

It’s the big one for the fans and it’s a big one for us as well and we’re looking forward to it. It should be a good game with a great crowd. Dylan Watts came off with a knock on Friday, there’s a few of them with knocks so we’ll have to have a look today and see how they are.”