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First Team News

Stephen Bradley gave this update in advance of Friday’s game away at St Pat’s in Inchicore, kick off 7.45pm.

“It was a very good win over Finn Harps because they can be tricky games, a smaller crowd on a Monday night without the same buzz around it that we’ve had the last few weeks. It can be very easy to slip up and drop points but we didn’t. I thought we played really well in the first half and got the three points and the clean sheet which we’re happy with. So it was a good night. The players knew before the game that we could go top, it’s nice to be up there but it’s still early in the season.

Same Bone (making his first appearance of the season) has been unlucky because he fell ill before the first game in Waterford and that knocked him back for maybe a week. He’s not a right back, he’s a midfielder but we just felt that we’d get the ball a lot in those areas and Sam uses the ball really well. People after the game said it was a handy three points but if you look at Finn Harps beforehand their results say totally different. They’d been good against Dundalk and St Pat’s and really limited them to very few chances. So I thought some of our play in the first half was very good and we played at a good tempo which caused them issues.

Dylan did well for his goal. Anywhere from 20-25 yards he has a really good strike. He scored one, missed a penalty and could have had another two on top of that. He’s so dangerous around the box. It was great movement by Aaron Greene for the third goal. He timed his run really well and Sean has that quality to find him. It was a good finish too. Aaron should probably be up at the 5 or 6 mark already  this season, we’ve seen him get more chances because of his movement and he’s so quick.

I felt that in the second half we had a chance to get more goals on the board and we didn’t take it. You could see our tempo completely dropped. The players did their job in the first half and the game is over but we could have been more ruthless.

It’s only right that Aaron Greene didn’t get any additional suspension. When you present the video evidence of his red card you see that there’s nothing in it. We’re happy that he doesn’t face any further punishment but at the end of the day it still cost us points at Dalymount and that’s not good enough. As for injuries, we have to assess Ethan Boyle today but everyone else is OK.

St Pat’s will be a difficult game, they’ve got some good players. It’s a Dublin Derby and there’ll be a big crowd. We’re ready for it and we’re looking forward to it. We did OK against Pat’s last season and it was a good goal by Danny to win it last time out there. 

All the former Rovers players they have does add a bit of interest to it I suppose. The likes of Gary Shaw and Brandon Miele know how we like to play and we know how they like to play. They’d know little details and vice versa. But it’s different tomorrow when you’re in the heat of it, those things can get lost. We want to get more points on the board, it’s as simple as that. There’s no point in looking any further ahead than that.”

Note that some away tickets are available at the Megastore up to 4pm on Friday.