Shamrock Rovers are back home this weekend with Finn Harps the visitors to Tallaght Stadium on Friday night. Tickets are on sale here.
For the Hoops, Sean Heaney is suspended, Paul Corry is still out but Luke Byrne could be available for selection next week. Gary Shaw went over on his ankle at training today and that will have to be assessed.
Speaking today with shamrockrovers.ie Rovers’ Head Coach, Stephen Bradley, started with a comment on the Hoops last game against St Pat’s;
“We were 1-0 up and comfortably controlling the game, every time we went forward we looked really dangerous. I thought we looked really good, we looked on course to win the game 2 or 3 but the sending off, if it happened later on in the game you could maybe stay two up top and have a go at them even though you’re down to ten men but happening so early in the game, it really knocked us back, it really killed us. But the boys that stayed on the pitch I thought worked really hard and showed great character and togetherness, to hold out for the way they did, the shape and the way they played I thought was excellent, it was just so disappointing.”
On set pieces he said that;
“We need to be more ruthless in our box when we’re defending corners because we can’t keep saying that we played well and should have won games but we’re giving away set play goals, we can’t keep doing that and as a group we understand that, we know that and we’ve looked at it this week and hopefully we can put it right going from tomorrow.”
And finally on Friday’s opposition Stephen said that;
“We need to win. Tomorrow we’ve got to react, not change the way we’ve been playing because we’ve been really good but change the goals we’re giving away, change the sloppy mistakes, we need to obviously rectify that, but not change too much of how we’ve been playing because we’ve been playing well.”
“Harps went to Pat’s and won, they beat Sligo last week, it’s going to be a tough game, we know that. It’s the start of the season and these teams will always come and be dangerous on the counter attack, they’ll always come and be hard to beat and try and hurt you with a set play or on the counter. It’s great to have Trevor Clarke and Mikey O’Connor back (from the Ireland Under 19s). All the reports we got back from Trevor from people I know that were over there watching the tournament said he was one of the best players over there. We missed him last week and he’s a big plus for us”.