A limited number remain for Friday night’s match in Tallaght Stadium. Kickoff is at a slightly earlier time of 7.45 pm. The match will be shown live on RTE2, with coverage from 7.30 pm.
Were you pleased with the performance in the 3-0 win over UCD on Monday to follow up the Bohs victory?
“We were pleased because it’s always difficult, the Friday-Monday games. We’ve obviously gone from a Dublin Derby and everything that surrounds that to a Monday night and UCD, and it can be very easy to take your eye off the ball but I thought the players dealt with that really well. That was really pleasing to see.”
Graham Burke and Jack Byrne stood out on Friday and then they got the goals on Monday to maintain their form. Was the move for the first goal probably the highlight of the night?
“I think so. We were really quick in how we played, we went through the lines very quickly and finished off with a brilliant team goal. We had other passages of play but that was one of the best because it finishes with a goal.”
You were able to rest a few players in the second half and was it also good to get minutes into the legs of the likes of Justin Ferizaj and the welcome return of Conan Noonan, who had a health scare last year?
“It was good that we were in that position that we could get Conan and Justin on the pitch. We all know Conan’s ability and what we think of him. We all really like him in every aspect and it’s been really frustrating the last while not being able to use him and get him involved. It’s great to have him back. Justin has worked hard playing for the 19s and in training and he deserves his opportunity, so it was good to get both of them on the pitch.”
You always felt we were playing well this season but with our third win in a row to lift the team up to third in the table, is there a lot of confidence and motivation to keep the run going now?
“I think the confidence has always been there and obviously the results help but the confidence has been good and we know we’ve been doing well. Now we have the results to match those performances. The aim is definitely to keep that run going and we’ll do everything possible on Friday to ensure that we do.”
Rovers drew 0-0 away with Shelbourne last time out. Do you expect a similar approach from them in Tallaght?
“I don’t see much changing from their point of view and we’ve got to respect that because there’s more than one way to win a football match. We’ve got to respect that and it’s up to us to find a way to unlock that, and go and create and score some goals.”
Shels are still missing Sean Boyd up front but who are their most dangerous players at the moment in your view?
“They have some big players from set pieces and then you look at their front three or four, they have some good players in that area of the pitch so we’ve got to make sure we respect them as a team and everything they bring.”
We’re back to Friday night, and again it’s a televised derby. Is it another game and occasion that both players/staff and fans will really look forward to?
“Yes, it’s another Dublin Derby and I’ve no doubt we’ll have another brilliant crowd. It’s on TV in the best stadium in the country. If you can’t look forward to these sorts of games, then you shouldn’t be involved so it’s definitely one we’re all looking forward to.”
Gary O’Neill, Richie Towell and Aaron Greene weren’t involved on Friday or Monday. Have they recovered from illness and are there any new injuries?
“Gary has recovered, Aaron trained yesterday and so did Richie for the first time. They’re all back, which is good. Simon Power will miss tomorrow; it’s worked out a little bit longer than we felt it would. We’re looking at next week for Simon. Other than Liam and Simon we’re without Sean Gannon, he picked up a knock when he came on on Monday.”