Speaking to shamrockrovers.ie today was Shamrock Rovers head coach, Stephen Bradley:
On the FAI Cup win over Bluebell:
“I thought we played well, scored good goals and overall I thought our performance was good because it was a tricky tie. In the last 6-8 weeks we’ve been really good defensively but I thought we switched off at certain periods of the game, maybe we got a little bit complacent and got punished and we can’t afford that on Saturday.
You’d have to go a long way to see a better hat-trick than Brandon Miele’s. It had everything in it. He was excellent on the night and in front of goal he’s as good as anyone. He showed against Cork and again last week that he’s so dangerous anywhere, 30 yards out and with both feet as well. Hopefully if he gets that bit space around the box on Saturday he can produce another one of them.
I thought Cameron King was excellent. He showed the reason why we brought him to the club, how bright and how clever he was in his position and in his play. He’s very aggressive in terms of how he plays, he goes forward all the time and sees little passes and openings. Aaron Bolger has been excellent as well so both will definitely be in contention to start.”
“It’s probably the two in-form teams in the country at the moment going up against each other. Someone has to lose but it has all the makings of a great game and one we’re really looking forward to. They’re a very good side and have some top players. We know it’s going to be a tough game but we’ve beaten them twice so I think we’ve shown this year we can cause them major problems going forward. It’s big for our group. The earlier we can win something as a group the better because it’ll only help speed up the process of what we’re trying to do.
When I was playing I don’t think the teams I played for took the League Cup too seriously. We used to chop and change our team. But I think you’ve seen this year that teams have taken it seriously because it’s a great competition to go and win. When Dundalk started on this winning run a few years back the first competition they won was this cup. Winning something helps that development and gets that winning mentality into the group and hopefully we can do that on Saturday.
Lee Grace (cup tied) has been excellent since he’s come in, he’s settled really well. I think everyone has seen how good he is. Gary Shaw is back, he broke a bone in his face against Cork. We had to send him away to get a mask and get it operated on but he’s trained all week and he’s ready to go. We thought Sean Boyd was going to be gone for longer than what he was but he’s back this week and trained.”