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First Team News
Stephen Bradley gives his weekly update in the run up to Friday’s Dublin Derby v Bohs at Tallaght Stadium.

On Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Waterford:

“I was delighted. We felt we started slowly, we were a little bit off our usual tempo but in the second half having watched it back we were excellent. We could have scored quite a number of times so I was very happy with another three points. 

It was a good press from us that forced Waterford’s mistake and Graham Cummins’ finish was nice and calm. Sometimes those finishes are the hardest ones, when you have a lot of time one v one and you overthink it. But he slotted it home and I was delighted for him. From speaking to our defenders that were defending the free kick they’re adamant that O’Halloran was offside for the equaliser. He was standing there for the whole duration of the free kick before it was taken and afterwards when he scored so it was a tough one to take. We pride ourselves on not conceding goals so we’re disappointed with that.

The tackle is definitely a red card. I’m not sure what the Waterford lad is thinking. Danny Lafferty is past him but it’s not as if he’s in on goal, he’s on the halfway line and there’s no need for a tackle. It’s really high around his knee and it’s obviously late so I think it’s the correct decision. When you look at our three subs, Jack Byrne, Aaron McEneff and Sean Kavanagh, it shows that when we make changes it doesn’t hurt us anywhere and it strengthened us especially on Tuesday night at half-time.

It was great for Graham Burke to score because he’s hit the crossbar and the post, he’s had a few that have just gone wide so you can see he’s been itching to get that first goal. Now that he’s got it he can just relax and play his game because the goals will flow for Graham. We saw that in his first spell. Again Aaron Greene got in some great positions and his second half performance was excellent, like he has been all year. On another night he has two goals. He’s only three goals off the top goalscorer in the league so being top scorer is a realistic goal for him.

Lee Grace’s tackle at the end is crucial because it’s a tap in otherwise. When he shoots Alan Mannus sees it really late so when it fell Lee was there to do his job and it was a great block.”

On Our New Debutants:

“We watched Sean Callan quite a few times when he was at Wexford. We sent him there to play men’s football for half a season and get a real feel for it. He did really well so when he came back it was just a matter of time of getting him in the team. Sean did really well against Waterford, he was calm and he’s a really strong defender. He has a bright future at this club if he keeps working hard. 

I thought Danny Lafferty did well. His quality on the ball is there for everybody to see. He’s a few weeks behind our boys, which everybody knew. That’s not an issue, it’ll build over the coming weeks. What’s clear is that his quality on the ball is top class.”

On Bohemians on Friday:

“We’ll approach it like we approach every game. We couldn’t be in any better shape going into it in terms of our performances the last few months, the way we’re playing and the goals we’re scoring. When you watch back the last game from Dalymount there were large parts of the game when we were really good. In certain games there’s an element of luck involved as well. Not just in the Bohs games but in the games at home to Sligo and Derry when we dropped points, there’s times when we miss certain chances. We do have to look at that, correct it and put it right but you can’t look too deeply into it either.

We’ve just got to concentrate on what we do well and approach it in the same manner. We’re going into it to win the game and win three points. It’s a big Dublin Derby and our fans have been brilliant all year, travelling in their numbers up and down the country and across Europe. I’m sure they’ll come out in their numbers again tomorrow night and it has the makings of a really good game.”

Injury Update:

“Dylan Watts got a couple of knocks on Tuesday, he was sore after the game so we’ll need to assess him and see where he is. It’s still far too early for Neil Farrugia but Joey O’Brien is back in contention”.

Match Tickets:

Tickets for Home supporters only for Friday’s game are on sale here and the club advises home fans to buy their tickets online and arrive early; each stand will be closed when full. The 1899 Suite is open from 6pm to Members and STH.