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Tuesday 12 November 2019

Bradley upbeat despite lack of scoring power

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley
Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley

As they pack their bags for a venture into Europe this week, Stephen Bradley admits that his Shamrock Rovers side need to find a ruthless streak if they are to put teams away.

The Hoops squad fly out to Norway tomorrow to prepare for Thursday's first leg of their Europa League first qualifying round tie with SK Brann.

Currently in fifth place in the Norwegian league, Brann keep things tight, just one goal conceded in their last three game and just once this season, on the opening day of the campaign, have they conceded more than two goals.

Scoring is a problem for the Hoops, evident in Friday's 0-0 draw at home to Sligo Rovers, where the Tallaght club had enough chances to score half a dozen goals but, for the second time in a row, failed to find the net at home.

"We've got to be more ruthless in the final third," says Bradley of the scoreless draw with Sligo.

"We just have to turn performances like that, so dominant, into three points. It's as simple as that. You can't get chances like that, not take them and expect to win games.

"The play is there for everyone to see, the chances we create, but as a team we can't let teams off the hook like that. I think they had one shot on target in the first five minutes but they've got a point."

Stephen McPhail had travelled to Norway to spy on Brann and before departure from Dublin, Bradley plans to show his squad the footage of Brann's most recent game, a 0-0 draw last week.

"I think it's going to be a tough game, there's no doubt about it. They're a good side but it's definitely a game over two legs that we can go and win.

"They play similar to us. They have some good footballers. They're big and physical as well, very dangerous on set-plays. They're quick up front.

"They have some really good players, it's going to be a good game. We know they're strong but over two legs we can definitely go and win the tie."

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