Stephen Bradley gave us his thoughts on the eve of the 2019 FAI Cup Final.
On last week’s final league game:
“I thought we played well overall against Cork last week. We created a lot of chances and obviously we were happy with the three goals and the clean sheet.
It was a great strike by Jack Byrne and really good play from Sean Kavanagh to set it up as well. It was a great delivery from Jack for Lee Grace’s goal and Lee’s timing was very good for his header. When it was lined up you could see that Graham Burke was obviously going to go around the wall. The keeper gave him a lot of space and a player of Graham’s ability will put the ball there.
The four remaining league games – Sligo, Finn Harps, UCD and Cork – we wanted 12 points. It’s disappointing we didn’t get the win in Sligo but we did well to follow that up with three wins so I was pleased.
We took Sean Kavanagh off against Cork as a precaution. He trained this week so he’ll be fine for Sunday and we’ve no other injury concerns.”
On the Cup Final:
“I’m sure Dundalk will be favourites on Sunday and they probably deserve to be after winning the league and the Cup a couple of times in recent years. It’s usually small margins when two good teams play, like in our meetings this season. You can look at a lot of things like certain decisions going or not going our way but it’s small margins and I imagine Sunday will be no different.
I think you’ve got two good teams that will have a go at each other. When you look at how both teams have played all year, we know exactly how we like to play and I don’t see Dundalk changing their style either. So it’ll be a game that two teams will look to go and win. If it does go to extra-time or penalties you’ve got to be ready for all that as well.
We’re well aware of the history that the fans and the club has with the FAI Cup. Hopefully we can write our bit of history on Sunday and be in the history books for bringing the Cup back.
The build up for the last few weeks wasn’t too bad because we’ve had league games to play and we hadn’t been concentrating on this game. The last week after the Cork game is when it’s really kicked in, that’s when all the build up and excitement started. Once you get all the media stuff out of the way you just want the game to come around and thankfully we’re nearly there.
The Aviva pitch will be in unbelievable condition and a pitch of that size, it definitely suits us and the way we play. The players have been brilliant this year. We’ve broken a number of records, our points tally has been decent even though it wasn’t enough in the end. That’s one we’ll try and improve on next year. And we’ve played some fantastic football. But you’ve got to go and add silverware and this group is ready to go and do that.”