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First Team News

Stephen Bradley gave this update on our recent game v Cork City and team news for Saturday’s game v Derry City at Tallaght Stadium (7pm kick off):

On the 2-0 win over Cork at Tallaght Stadium two weeks ago:

“I thought we played well and we were in control of the game. We were happy to get the two goals and keep the clean sheet. It was good to get back in Tallaght. We dominated the play but we weren’t quick enough in the attacking third of the pitch. In the second half we were and got our rewards. Overall we were happy with the performance.

It was a good goal by Joey O’Brien and a great finish. If you look back at the goal we work the ball really well, I think we had possession of the ball for a long time before we score. It was great for Joey to score. He’s been excellent throughout the season. He’s been really strong defensively for us and a big part of why we’ve kept so many clean sheets. It was nice for him to get a reward with a goal.

Cork have some good players and they’re always going to create one or two chances in any game and they did that but we defended really well. Alan Mannus and the back four obviously speak about clean sheets, it’s definitely driven from them but I think it’s throughout the whole team and the team not wanting to concede goals.”

On Saturday’s game at home to Derry:

“They’ve shown this year already that they’re more than a match for anybody in the league. They’ll definitely come down to Tallaght and try to take three points. But we believe we’re ready, we’re focused to go and try and win the game.

Looking back on the game at the Brandywell we actually played really well and deserved to win. They’ll come with a game plan and we’ve got to respect what they’re good at it but we’ll focus on what we’re doing really well. We’ve got to make sure we drive that home and get more points on the board.”

Squad update:

“Aaron McEneff is still out but Sean Kavanagh should be back. Sam Bone is doing OK but we don’t want to rush him, we’ll take our time. Dylan Watts has a knock that we need to look at in the morning.”

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