Speaking to shamrockrovers.ie today was Shamrock Rovers head coach, Stephen Bradley:
Shamrock Rovers v Cork City
SSE Airtricity League Premier Division
Friday, Sept 1st, 2017. Kick off 7.45pm
On the 3-0 FAI Cup win over Shelbourne:
“I thought we fully deserved it, we played well in the first half to open up in the second and once the goals came I thought we were very comfortable. I thought some of our best work was done in the first half but people probably don’t see it because we didn’t have chances off the bar or the keeper making great saves but we actually worked them around the pitch, it meant they got tired. And in the second half we were able to play our football.
Brandon Miele looked dangerous all night. Trevor Clarke’s pace is frightening when he’s in full flow, there’s no one in the league that can live with him and obviously Shels found that out. It’s a great run we’ve been on. To win 5 games in a row is no easy feat and I think the lads need to be given more credit than they have been for that.”
“I thought Ronan Finn’s red card was disgraceful. I watched the game back and one of their midfielders made 5 or 6 fouls in the first 10 minutes and never got a booking. Ronan made 1 foul in the first half and got booked for it. It’s that inconsistency that really annoys you as a manager because he’s obviously a big player for us and he’s going to miss a big game.
It’s a great draw. If you had asked me before the draw, it’s the one I would have wanted. I know what Bluebell are about, I’ve watched them first hand and I know what Andy Noonan is doing at that club. He’s doing some really good stuff. But if we show up and respect the game and play to our potential it’s a great draw for us.
I’m not sure right now where we’ll play it but it honestly doesn’t bother me. It’s a game of football. It’s definitely something that excites us, being 2 wins away from an FAI Cup final. I keep saying we need to win something, any competition and get that feeling in the group.”
“Cork are league champions elect and they’ve shown themselves to be the best team in the country this year. So we’re going to be up against it. They’re going to try and turn us over in Tallaght but I’ve felt that every time we’ve played them the games have been tight. Even the 4-1 down there until a period of time. I’m suretomorrowwill be no different. They’re a good side and we’re a good side when we play at our level so it’s going to be a good game.
(John Caulfield’s comments) doesn’t really interest me. I respect John and I respect Cork in terms of what they’re doing this year, winning a league. They’ve worked long and hard to get here, 4 years of work, so they deserve all the respect in the world for that. I’ve no interest in getting involved in talking about something that happened 3 weeks ago.
Cork have earned the right to win the league wherever they win it, whether it’s Tallaght or wherever they play next week. People think it’s a big motivation for us but I don’t care. Obviously you don’t roll over and say well done, you want to go and win the game. Anyone that comes to Tallaght we want to win, it doesn’t matter if it’s Cork or whoever. We’ve been very good here all year, other than Bohs.”
“I’m delighted that Trevor Clarke and Mikey O’Connor are staying, I don’t know for how much longer but delighted to have both of them here. I think Trevor has dealt with the interest really well. People need to understand that he’s going to have dips like all our young lads will. That’s natural, it happens and we’ve got to accept that and support them because you know their ability and talent is unquestionable.
With Luke Byrne out (hamstring) it would have been a big issue for us if Trevor had gone to the Ireland Under 21s. It’s great that he’s here to play for uson Friday. Dave Webster has been brilliant at right back but it doesn’t surprise me because he’s a clever footballer. He played for us in midfield last year and was really good. He’s suspended tomorrow and Simon Madden comes back in so it’s a straight swap really.”