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First Team News

Stephen Bradley gives his pre match update on the Hoops squad in advance of Friday’s encounter with Dundalk:

“We’re obviously disappointed that we’ve lost the game to Bohs but I felt that it was taken out of our hands with the decision that was made. I thought up to that point, the sending off, we were really good, creating a lot of chances and a lot of problems for them. Even in the last twenty minutes we went and had a go again and created chances. There’s a lot of positives, I thought the players worked really hard.

I’ve watched it back numerous times and at most it’s a yellow card for Aaron Greene. The two players have their foot on the ball and neither of them actually touch each other. What catches each other are their bodies, their feet don’t touch. You can see by Aaron’s reaction when he turns to get away from the other player, he knows he hasn’t touched him. To be fair to the referee he was making the decision for a free kick, it’s the fourth official who decided that he needed to be sent off which was unbelievable. 

The players said afterwards that the penalty was soft but we’ve given the ref a decision to make in the box which we shouldn’t have done. With 11 men we were by far the better team and when we went down to 10 there wasn’t much difference. We looked really strong and it was hard to tell who had 10 men and who had 11 for 70 odd minutes. I think that’s a testament to the players and how hard they worked for each other and the effort they put in.

Something we did speak about, and it’s not good enough from us is that we created some really good chances and we didn’t show enough to want to get on the end of those crosses from Trevor and Dylan. That’s not something we’re happy about and it’s something we need to address very quickly. The injuries that came after the red card, that happens but you just have to get on with it. We have a strong squad and we showed that when we had to make changes. Sometimes you get those nights where it feels like everything is going against you.

Ethan Boyle won’t make the Dundalk game. Dylan Watts had a knock going into the Bohs game and he got a bang on the same area, we think he’ll be fine but we’ll have to have a look at him again today. With Aaron Greene suspended we’ll have a look and see which centre-forward suits the game best. Orhan Vojic was struggling before the Derry game, we thought he’d cracked a rib or two but he got through that game. He didn’t train leading up to Bohs then because it was so sore.

Dundalk is a big game, we know they’re a good side. Their team hasn’t changed and they’re still the team to beat and we’ve got a chance to do that tomorrow night.

We were disappointed on Monday but we moved on. It’s gone and we’ve prepared for Dundalk all week. It’s a game we’re looking forward to and one I believe we’re ready for. The last three games have shown we’re ready for it.”

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