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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Rovers fans were right to boo says Bradley

Defeat: Stephen Bradley
Defeat: Stephen Bradley

Shamrock Rovers boss Stephen Bradley says that he and his players deserved the boos they received from supporters after Friday's dramatic Dublin derby defeat to Bohemians, admitting that the side had let themselves down.

But, ahead of tonight's game away to bottom side Bray Wanderers, Bradley maintains that his pre-match claim that a match away to Rovers was (for Bohs) "their Cup final" was not disrespectful.

The Hoops have lost their last three meetings with Bohs stretching back to last term, and in the two clashes this season Bradley's outfit have been ahead, only to finish on the losing side.

Fans reacted negatively at the final whistle on Friday and Bradley knows why.

"Deservedly so," he said of the side being booed. "You're 1-0 up at half-time and you get beat 2-1 at home. I'd expect nothing less. The fans have been unbelievable.

"You can't perform like that, being 1-0 up, and expect them to clap you off the pitch. I deserve everything I get and so do the players.

"That's not acceptable, you're 1-0 up at home to Bohs and you're beaten. It's not good enough."

DAMAGING

Bradley's comments in his pre-match press conference, where he said "it's their Cup final" , were noted in the opposition camp, Bohs midfielder Keith Ward (inset) having a go back on twitter where he apologised for damaging a corner flag at Tallaght Stadium during the celebrations but added "take it out of our cup final bonus".

It's a phrase Bradley has used before ahead of the fixture though he insists it's not a slight. "We did it here. When Bohs were the better team and we were trying to catch them, it was our Cup final," he explained.

"I know the mentality. It's not trying to be disrespectful.

"That is the mentality as a player, a dressing room. Fortunes have changed over the years and swung both ways."

Rovers are back in action quickly against a Bray side who lost for the 10th game in-a-row on Friday night against Dundalk but still caused the league leaders problems.

"I think that if we play like this against Rovers we can take something from the game," says Graham Kelly, still interim manager of Bray Wanderers as they wait to confirm the appointment of Martin Russell.

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