St. Patrick’s Athletic v Shamrock Rovers SSE Airtricity League Premier Division Richmond Park Monday Sept 25th 2017. Kick off 7.45pm
Speaking to shamrockrovers.ie today was Shamrock Rovers head coach, Stephen Bradley:
“It was a good win over Harps. Looking back I thought we played well and deserved to win overall. There were very good individual performances but as a group, we were good all round. Defensively and with a lot of positive attacking play. Brandon Miele’s free kick was top class, 25 yards, but we all know he has that quality around the box.
Two good finishes by James Doona as well to be fair. He’s doing all the right things, he’s working hard and when he gets the opportunity he’s making it count. He’s pushing for a starting place. I think we’ve been really good at concentrating on our next game rather than looking too far down the line (against Dundalk in the FAI Cup).
We know that Pat’s are going to be really up for it. Where they are in the league, they’re going to be fighting and especially tonight against us. They’ve got threats all over the pitch but we’ll be ready for that. It’s a big game for us as well because we can get a good grip on third if we go and win tonight.
I feel that we haven’t quite performed against Pat’s. In Richmond we were good up until the sending off. At home we were good in the first half and then we slipped. In the second half we got sloppy. We owe it to ourselves to go and put on a performance and try and get the three points. We don’t pick and choose the games that we perform in, that’s just the way it goes sometimes in the year. Sometimes you have a dip and it’s just unfortunate that two times it’s happened to us it’s been against Pat’s. We’ve got to put that right tonight.
We’ll have to assess Trevor Clarke. The ankle swelled up on him yesterday in training so we’ll have to have a look at him today and see where he is with it. It’ll be a late call on Trevor. Mikey O’Connor is fine. Friday was a bit too soon because of his shoulder injury that he suffered against Dundalk. It was just a matter of giving him a bit of rest and allowing it to heal so he’ll be back in contention tonight. There are one or two little knocks from Friday that we have to look at today as well. Dave McAllister is suspended.”