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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Croly: No pressure at Rovers

TREVOR CROLY insists he's not feeling the pressure at Shamrock Rovers despite a third successive league defeat for the Hoops.

Friday's 1-0 loss at Bohemians leaves Rovers 17 points behind leaders St Patrick's Athletic and, barring a miracle in the league, their only route to European football for next season is via the FAI Cup, with a home tie against non-league outfit Sheriff YC next up for Rovers.

"If I am totally honest I don't feel pressure," says Croly.

"It's disappointing, to lose a Bohs-Rovers game is always disappointing and it was disappointing to lose to St Pat's and Dundalk in the previous weeks."

Meanwhile, Bohs have vowed to take swift action against any supporters involved in racist chanting after Shamrock Rovers striker Eamon Zayed claimed he was racially abused after Friday's derby.

Zayed, a Dublin native who is a senior international with Libya, tweeted about racist treatment he received on and off the field.

"Never seizes to amaze me the ignorance of some people, when will the racist abuse stop?!!! Disgusting, embarrassing and sad people!!" Zayed said on twitter.

Bohs have promised to investigate and act quickly. "We would condemn racist abuse in the strongest possible terms, that's not what this club or our supporters are about," club president Matt Devaney said.

DUNDALK have restated their belief that a league title is within their grasp as Stephen Kenny's men remain hot on the heels of league leaders St Patrick's Athletic.

Friday's 2-0 win for Dundalk asgainst Sligo Rovers leaves the Lilywhites a point behind Pat's.

"We really can't put into words how amazing the support has been, it's been outstanding all season so hopefully we can push on and do it for them. We want to win this league and we have a real belief that we can," says midfielder Richie Towell.

IRISH defender Shaun Williams has welcomed the arrival of Ireland U21 cap Samir Carruthers at League One side MK Dons.

Carruthers scored for Ireland's U21 side in their European Championship qualifying win away to the Faroe Islands, and then came off the bench to make his debut for MK Dons in their draw away to Preston.

BRIGHTON boss Oscar Garcia is delighted with the impact that Ireland internationals Keith Andrews and Stephen Ward have already made at the club.

Ward impressed on his debut for the Seagulls on Saturday in a 1-0 win away to Birmingham City.

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