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Roberto Lopes of Shamrock Rovers and Zlatan Ibrahimovic of AC Milan

Roberto Lopes of Shamrock Rovers and Zlatan Ibrahimovic of AC Milan

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Roberto Lopes of Shamrock Rovers and Zlatan Ibrahimovic of AC Milan

Elimination from Europe can sometimes result in a hangover for Irish clubs but there was no real sense of deflation around the Shamrock Rovers group after Thursday's defeat to AC Milan.

Instead, there was satisfaction that they had acquitted themselves reasonably well against a patently superior force.

The motivation for Stephen Bradley's side is to go on and claim a first league title since 2011, thus opening the door to the Champions League and the greater European opportunities that come from that route - as Dundalk are demonstrating this year.

They welcome Waterford to Tallaght Stadium this evening hoping to restore their eight point lead over Bohemians and Bradley says there was positivity as they reflected on the Milan experience - especially about the way his team approached it with Rovers shunning the temptation to go direct and change their style.

"A lot of people within the game have rang or texted me and had similar views," said Bradley. "I felt it was important that we stuck to our principles and played our game.

"Tactically, you have to make sure you're right and I thought the players were. They were disciplined and stayed together. When we had the ball we were brave enough to play our way which is really important in a game like that

"You obviously need to be careful doing that against a top team like Milan but I felt the players did it really well and on another night maybe could have scored one or two.

"It's back to what will be a tough game for us, Waterford have been in good form and we have to make sure we're focused and ready for a tough game. I think we are ready, it's another game for us to get points on the board."