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TEAM NEWS: V DUNDALK 01-10-17
Stephen Bradley gives his update on the squad in build up to Sunday’s Cup semi final away v Dundalk:

“I only got to see the St Pat’s game when I came back but I thought without us really playing well, we had enough chances to get a draw out of the game. We didn’t defend properly for both goals. We didn’t stop crosses and didn’t mark people in the box. It was disappointing because we’ve been really good defensively and on Monday we gave away two poor goals. Dave Webster had played in midfield for us before and he was OK in there. If we put one of our chances away, maybe it’s a different game but we didn’t so it wasn’t a great evening overall.

We know it’s a massive game for the club against Dundalk. They’re a top side but we go there ready to give them a proper game. If we repeat any of the performances against them this season, up until the sending off in the League Cup final, any of the other performances have been good head to head. There’s fine margins in these games and hopefully we’ll come out on the right end of them on Sunday.

 

We go into every game to try and win it, if it comes to a replay it comes to a replay but I don’t think you can think like that going into a semi-final. You’ve got to think how can you win the game and that’s how we’ll approach it. It’d be massive for the group to get to the FAI Cup final, a big step forward for us.

 

Trevor Clarke is a big player for us, everyone knows that. Hopefully he comes through the little knock that he has. I’ve been speaking to Noel King about Trevor for the last few months. He left him out of one or two squads for us but it’s great that he’s so young and he’s in the Ireland Under 21s. It’s recognition of how well he’s performed for us.”