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First Team News

Rovers are on the road again on Monday to play Waterford United at the RSC, kick off 8pm.

We got the thoughts of head coach, Stephen Bradley on Friday’s win at Derry and on Monday’s game:

Friday’s 2-0 win in Derry:

“It was a good result and I felt we were full value for it. We controlled the game and in the second half we opened them up a few times. There was some really good play in the first half. When you go away from home against a good team like that you want to take the sting out of the game and we did that. That gave us the platform to go and play and build in the second half. So the first half performance was very important.

I think both penalties were soft. The referee to be fair was consistent in the decisions he was giving, if he gave one for us he gave one for them and it was the same for free kicks and bookings on the night. Aaron McEneff was nice and calm and I was delighted he scored. It’s very easy when you back to your old club to get wrapped up in it but he was relaxed throughout the game and played really well. It was a great save by Alan Mannus from the spot. I know that Jose and the keepers in general do a lot of work on penalty kicks for the team we’re playing but I don’t think Parkhouse had taken their last few penalties, it was Junior. It was a good penalty and he hit it really well but Alan makes a top save.

It was really good football for our second goal. We worked it down the left and eventually Sean Kavanagh plays it down to Aaron Greene, a one-two with Jack Byrne and another assist for him. It was a great finish by Aaron, he showed tremendous power and pace to get away from the centre-half. He took it really well, he was calm and composed.”

Monday’s game in Waterford:

“They lost a big game against Cork on Friday and they’ll be looking to put that right against us. We’ve got to make sure we’re ready for that and we’ve got to be at our best to get three points. We came from behind to win down there in the first game of the season but I think we’re in a better place than where we were then in terms of how we’re playing. Hopefully we can bring that form with us tomorrow night. It’ll still be a bit early for Neil Farrugia and Joey O’Brien, other than that we’ve no injuries.”