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First Team News

Stephen Bradley’s team news in advance of today’s home game v Sligo:

Last Friday’s 1 nil win at St Pat’s:

“It was a big win on the back of Finn Harps and winning that game. We felt we needed to back it up in Inchicore and we did that and I thought we fully deserved it. It felt that we just continued on where we left off against Harps, we controlled the game and created a lot of chances which was pleasing. The commitment shown by the players didn’t surprise me, I think that’s been the case since the start of the season. Winning in the last minute in Waterford and a tough game against Derry. That’s the minimum requirement here, that you need to work hard and work for your teammates.

Penalty Incident at Pat’s:

“In my opinion it should have been a red card as well as a penalty but there’s nothing we can do. We got the penalty, scored and won the game. I think Aaron Greene is disappointed he didn’t put both his chances away. You’d fancy him in that scenario again. His all round game was brilliant, he worked really hard and brought everyone into the game. He caused them problems all night, the only thing missing was the goal. But they’ll come for him.”

Overall Performances:

“We should have scored a couple more goals but we didn’t and the pleasing thing was we got the clean sheet and won the game. If you look at it from the summer last year, how many clean sheets we kept and how confident we were in how we were playing. We felt really confident in what we had at the back and that we wouldn’t concede. That gave us the confidence to go and win games. So it’s just continued from last year.

The key for us at the start of the year was to get as many points on the board as quickly as possible and we’ve done that. It’s obviously brought us to the top of the table but it’s very,very early and we know that. We just need to concentrate on keep putting points on the board and tomorrow night gives us a chance to do that.”

The Sligo game:

“The only injury concern is Ethan Boyle. Sligo will fancy their chances coming to Tallaght, they’ve won their last two games. They were beaten late on against St Pat’s and drew away at Dundalk. They’ve had a good start and Liam Buckley’s teams always play good football. So they’ll come and play good football and be looking to win the game.”

Ten Years at Tallaght:

“I remember the opening night of Tallaght Stadium [against Sligo, exactly ten years ago on Wednesday], that week the build up was unbelievable. We’d waited so long to go into Tallaght and you could sense the buzz. I remember the dressing rooms weren’t quite finished at that time and we could hear everything above them, everything going on in the stands. When we came out the crowd was unbelievable. I remember that night looking around and there wasn’t a seat to be had in the stadium and the atmosphere was electric. Thankfully we went on and won the game and I thought we played OK on the night so it was a great game all round.

You look at Tallaght as a place that we can call home now, really settle in and make it our own. And now with the addition of the third stand it’s just helped it even more. I think teams don’t like coming to play in Tallaght when we have big crowds, it can very hostile for the opposing team. That’s something we like and something we want to build on. Overall it’s been a success.”