Rovers are back at Tallaght Stadium on Friday night taking on local rivals St Pat’s.
Shamrock Rovers v St Patrick’s Athletic
SSE Airtricity League Premier Division
Friday March 16th 2018. Kick off 8pm
Speaking ahead of Friday’s game, Hoops Head Coach Stephen Bradley said:
“It was a tight game. I thought we should have stopped the cross and we didn’t. The header hits the post and lands at his feet and we give away the penalty. It was a penalty but I thought overall, when we played and moved the ball we created a lot of problems for them. We just didn’t do it for long enough periods. That was the disappointing thing coming out of the game. We needed to trust what we were doing for longer periods.
We were playing well (before the penalty), it was one of the periods where we put our hand on it and played and moved them around. When we did that we were the better team but we didn’t do it for long enough and it’s an area we definitely need to improve because in big games like that you definitely need to trust what you’re doing.
Luke Byrne had a chance but that’s the way it goes sometimes, the header can come off the crossbar and go in or it drops to your player and you tap it in. If it goes in you come away with a point and you’re happy enough but sometimes they fall for you and sometimes they don’t. There’s definitely a lot of positives because it’s the first time since I’ve been here that we’ve been able to go to Cork and feel that we should have come away with at least a point. When we played in patches we were really good. The good thing is we get to play them three more times.
I thought Joey O’Brien was excellent. It was his first game in a long time and he got booked after 7 or 8 minutes against a really good player. With most full backs you’d be worried then against a tricky winger for the rest of the game that he’d get sent off but I thought Joey showed all his experience. He managed the game really well and he was clever in his use of the ball.
The crowd were brilliant. As soon as the lads walk out for the warm up and walk out of the tunnel they see it straight away. It makes an impact. They were great again afterwards, it showed that the players went and gave a right go at it to try and at least get a draw out of the game, attacking to the last minute.
We know that against Pat’s last year we didn’t perform to our levels. We’ve got to try and put that right tomorrow. Those results get under my skin whether it’s Pat’s, Dundalk or Cork. Three points is three points, it shouldn’t mean more that it’s Pat’s or anyone else, three points are up for grabs.
We know it’s going to be a tough game. They’re doing OK and we know we need to up our game but if we do that I think we’ll be fine. We’ve got to be ready for it, it’s a Dublin derby and they’ll come and play. Liam’s team will come and try and play and make the pitch big like they always do and we have to be ready to counter that.
We need to wait to see the doctor tomorrow morning about Ally Gilchrist. Greg Bolger and Ethan Boyle are back and Trevor Clarke is OK, it just would have been two games in a short space of time for him.”
Tickets are available at the Megastore and ticket office which is open from 12pm and online here.
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