Saturday 25 May 2019

Bradley: 'I get the fans' anger'

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley
Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley

Stephen Bradley admits that his Shamrock Rovers side need to win their next two games, but the Dubliner insists his position is not under threat.

Rovers suffered their eighth loss of the season in Friday's 5-2 defeat at home to Dundalk, and with the Hoops already a stunning 20 points behind a second-placed Cork City, Bradley accepts that the two games before the mid-season break, at home to Bray Wanderers on Saturday and away to Limerick, are must-win matches.

"I have no worries about this team and what they can do. We need to win our next two games," said Bradley, who lost the services of key players Dan Carr and Ronan Finn to injury in the first half in that game, where he was also without Graham Burke due to his Ireland call-up.

Rovers fans have generally been patient despite the team's struggles this season, but a banner was unfurled by a section of the home support at the end of the Dundalk loss, saying "it's not working" while there were also chants of "We want Bradley out", though the Rovers boss accepts the criticism.

"I get the anger, the frustration. I'm the manager. It's going to come to me. But if anyone in the stadium can tell me those players are not playing for me or us, I'd disagree with them," he says.

"I thought they were excellent. We gave away terrible goals and we can't do that against a team like them (Dundalk).

"I know where we were and I know where we are and where we want to go. Other people will have their opinions and judge it. I'm fully aware of where we've come from and where we're going.

"If anyone can tell me those players weren't playing for us and the jersey, I'd strongly disagree with them."

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