Team News ahead of this evening’s clash with Derry City, kick off 8pm
Speaking to shamrockrovers.ie today was Shamrock Rovers head coach, Stephen Bradley:
The defeat to Bohs
“We spoke about it as a group that the win in Dundalk really only mattered if we went and beat Bohs, and the disappointing thing was how we played. I’ve watched it back a few times. We definitely deserved to get a draw out of the game but we didn’t play anywhere near our potential in terms of what we’ve played in Tallaght this season. We’ve been really good in games here and last Friday we just weren’t at that level.
We didn’t move the ball quick enough and we weren’t clever enough in possession. We didn’t manage the game right, there was space in behind and wide areas that we didn’t use. We still should have got something out of the game. Bohs didn’t exactly come and play great football or anything like that, we made two mistakes and we got punished. We made two silly errors that cost us the game, both from throw ins. We were very naive in our defending.”
“Roberto Lopes’ operation went well. He’s in recovery now and hopefully he’s back in the next five or six days. Danny Devine is still out with his ankle ligaments, maybe another week with him. Ronan Finn is fine, he trained today and he’s back in contention for tomorrow. Sam Bone is cleared to play but we’re waiting for a mask for him to get fitted. He has a little fracture under his eye and a few stitches but he’ll be fine.
You have to trust your medical team and I do trust my medical team. I was told three times that he was fine and Sam himself said it. If a player and your medical staff tells you that you’ve got to trust it. There’s no issues there, afterwards we got him checked in the hospital and it wasn’t a concussion. He got a bad bang on the eye but he was fine. He made a mistake by kicking it back to their thrower to let him throw it over his head. Kick it anywhere else and they don’t score a goal, that was the frustrating thing.”
“I’m happy with the business done. I would have liked the Aaron Greene one to go through but it didn’t. I’m really happy with what we’ve got in. Lee Grace is a top player and he’ll prove that over his time here. We were always looking to get a centre-half in the door and we’ve been after Lee since Christmas. That’s the way it goes, it just takes that long sometimes to get the players in because of negotiations and everything. It was great to get him on the last day but there wasn’t any major panic in terms of players being out.
I think Dean Carpenter adds really good cover to us and he’s a player that knows the game. Darren Clarke is one that’s more long term and it’ll be interesting to see how he gets on in our environment. Darren Meenan was speaking to a few clubs in terms of a loan move. None of them turned out to be right for Darren and the club and he stayed but there’s no issue there. He works really hard in training and he’s always fit and available to play.”
“Derry are a really good side. They play good football and they’re dangerous in attack. But if we hit our levels here we’re a match for any team. We didn’t do it on Friday and we got punished but I believe if we do it tomorrow against Derry we’ll cause them issues going forward. Once we go and create our chances we always look a threat.
It’s obviously a big game but it’s just a game. People are talking like it’s a Champions League final or something. Of course we want to go and win it. We want to improve on what we did last week when we weren’t good enough. The lads are ready to put it right tomorrow. But there’s no medals handed out tomorrow, it’s one game and there’s a long way to go this season. We won the league here on the last day of the season (in 2010), a lot happens in this league in the last 6, 7 or 8 games. That’s the way it goes.”