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Sunday 24 June 2018

Rock bottom Bray hope for fresh start

Bray Wanderers manager Martin Russell
Bray Wanderers manager Martin Russell

Bray Wanderers will begin the next stage of their battle for survival tonight with new manager Martin Russell keeping a watching brief.

Rooted to the bottom of the table with one point from nine games and a goal difference of -23, Wanderers have the task of hosting league leaders Dundalk tonight, under new management.

The club confirmed in midweek that coach Graham Kelly had been appointed as caretaker manager in succession to Dave Mackey, who quit following last week's 5-0 loss to St Patrick's Athletic.

But Russell, a free agent since his exit from Limerick 12 months ago, has been overseeing training this week and should be installed as manager for the rest of the season once red tape has been cleared up.

Dundalk fans will expect a fifth straight league win from their trip to Wicklow, but captain Stephen O'Donnell has reminded supporters that Bray have frustrated Stephen Kenny's side, including the first weekend of this campaign.

"Bray have taken points off us in the previous few years, even on the opening day of this season so we know how difficult it could be down there. We are focused on making sure things don't repeat themselves," said Murray. "We are top of the league on goal difference. It's not something we want to relinquish. We want to drive on and go clear. Hopefully we can do that now starting tonight ahead of what will be a hectic schedule."

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