Sunday 21 January 2018

Bradley: Rovers can cope with fixture list

Stephen Bradley. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Stephen Bradley. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

Caretaker boss Stephen Bradley is confident that his Shamrock Rovers side can deal with a fixture list which sees the Hoops go into battle again tonight.

Rovers are in action for the third time in a week, away to Galway United (7.45pm), an away day for the Hoops after successive home disappointments against Derry City and St Patrick's Athletic.

"It's the norm these days, isn't it? Playing Tuesday and Friday, we're used to it at this stage," says Bradley. "The players are professional and recover well, and look after their bodies well, which is important when you're playing two games a week. They can recover well in such short notice which is very good."

Also tonight, league champions Dundalk are in action again, away to Sligo Rovers (7.45). "The league is an absolute priority for us. It's a big challenge ahead for us. We acknowledge that it's a huge challenge for us every single week. Every single game we have to prepare well and make sure we are ready for it," says Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny.

"Sligo Rovers are in good form. They are playing well and playing good football. We are in good form ourselves though. We are travelling to Sligo with great confidence and we are looking to win the game."

St Patrick's Athletic hope to build on the positives of Friday's draw away to Rovers when they host Bray Wanderers at Richmond Park (7.45pm).

"Last Friday night was a real end-to-end game against Rovers, and it really could have gone either way. We had some good chances to win it, while we also have to accept that Conor O'Malley made some great saves as well to keep them out," boss Liam Buckley said. "Bray will be very tough opponents, Harry Kenny has come in and got them together and organised them."

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