Friday 22 November 2019

Bradley calls for Rovers focus ahead of Donegal trip

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley
Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley

Shamrock Rovers boss Stephen Bradley has told his squad to be wary ahead of their trip to Donegal this evening as the Hoops keep up their battle with Dundalk for leadership of the Premier Division table.

Rovers fans could be entitled to expect nothing but a win from their visit to Ballybofey, with Harps yet to score a goal or take a point off Rovers in two meetings this season.

When Rovers beat Ollie Horgan's outfit 1-0 in March, that came in the middle of a 10-game losing run for Harps, but Horgan appears to have turned things around in the last month. Harps are unbeaten in four games and Friday's 3-2 defeat of Waterford was their second successive win.

"They're on a great run. It's going to be a tough game, like it was the last time we were out there," says Bradley. "We saw their game against Waterford and they've gone and got three big points, which they deserved.

"Whatever way they approach the game, it won't be easy but we're ready to go and get points on the board. We got three on Friday night and now we need to follow that up tonight," added Bradley, who had to settle for a 1-0 win away to UCD on Friday.

"We'd a few close calls but we just couldn't put the second one in. It would have been nice to get that and be more comfortable but it wasn't to be, we got the one and that was enough," added Bradley, who will call on Jack Byrne tonight ahead of a potential bout of international duty with the Ireland senior squad.


Meanwhile, Cork City manager John Cotter says there is no time for his players to feel sorry for themselves after their mini-revival was brought to a halt on Friday. Cork had responded to the exit of manager John Caulfield by picking up back-to-back wins, with clean sheets.

But champions Dundalk got the better of City at Turner's Cross and the Munster club have to raise spirits for a trip to Dublin this evening, to face bottom side UCD.

"It is a great opportunity to have another game so quickly, to put things right and hopefully get another three points.

"There is no time for anyone to feel sorry for themselves, you have to pick yourself up and get going again, which we started doing from Saturday morning," said interim manager Cotter.

"UCD obviously lost to Rovers on Friday night, and we only played them ten days ago ourselves. They are a side we know well, we have played them twice in a short space of time, so we know their strengths and their weaknesses. It is a game we played well in just over a week ago, so we will be looking to implement our own game plan and hopefully get the three points."

He added: "We gave away two sloppy goals on Friday night and we have spoken about that. You have to take the positives, though, and I thought that, at times, we played quite well and created chances, so we would hope to take those chances tonight if we do create them."

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