Following last Friday’s one nil home win against St Pat’s, the Hoops are back on the road on Monday travelling to face Limerick FC at the Markets Field.
Shamrock Rovers away v Limerick FC
SSE Airtricity League Premier Division
Markets Field, Limerick
Monday March 19th 2018. Kick off 6.30pm
Speaking ahead of Monday’s game, Hoops Head Coach Stephen Bradley said:
“It was a good result [against St Pat’s] and I thought we deserved it. The pressure told in the end. They wanted to sit in and make it frustrating. That’s the game they made it, to come for a draw but watching it back we had some really good passages of play and we opened them up a few times. Sean Kavanagh hit the crossbar and we had one or two chances in the first half as well that fell to Brandon Miele around the box.
Trevor Clarke got four or five really good crosses in and we were unlucky not to connect with them. In the second half it was more down their right side that we looked dangerous and created chances. It was a good cross from Ethan Boyle, we were putting a lot of pressure on them. It’s an own goal but we built the pressure up and I felt the goal was coming either way. We stuck to it in the second half and improved and got the win.
We didn’t care whether it was the 77th or the 87th minute. We spoke about that at half-time, to just keep believing and working and it’ll come. The main thing was that we got the three points. The way we got them didn’t really matter. I think we all were [desperate for the win], you got that sense around the ground, the players, the fans and everyone. It was one of those. We knew we didn’t do enough against them last year and we wanted to try and put that right in Tallaght and thankfully we did that.
Limerick have had one or two bad games but overall they’ve been good. They had a good result against Cork the other night and by all accounts they could have won it. They’re obviously doing well and doing something right so we need to fully respect that and make sure we’re ready for a tough game down there.
The pitch has been poor all season, we know that because we’ve had them watched a few times. No different to Cork to be fair, it’s poor down there. Whatever the game throws up, whether it’s a football game or a second ball game we’ve just got to be ready for it and go and win the game. We did well at Markets Field last year, it was one of the games in a good run we had so hopefully we can start something like that again on Monday.
It’s busy, you’re not getting a lot of time to train because there’s so many games. It’s all about how you recover and keep the players as fresh as possible. We’ve got a good squad and I think we’ve used it OK. We made more changes the other night and we’ll continue to do that with all the games. No complaints, we all knew that we had a lot of games in the first 10 or 11 weeks so we just get on with it.
The players are training really hard. It’s harsh on some of them being left out of the team at times. Dave McAllister scored a header and then he was left out but that’s the way it’s been this year with the squad, it’s the strongest squad we’ve had. When we change it to freshen it up, there’s not much difference in levels in the players going out and coming in.
We had to be careful with Joey O’Brien, Cork was his first game in a long time and Friday was a quick turnaround for him. Sam Bone has played a lot of games but Friday was just a game for Greg Bolger’s experience and know-how. Greg was excellent, considering he’s been out and went straight back into the team. He reads the game so well and he got us playing quickly. He settled it down really early, that’s the quality he has.
Kevin Horgan has done well, it was just a case of that it was time for a change and to give Tomer Chencinski his chance. I thought he did well, there were a few crosses where he had to come and be brave. Ally Gilchrist trained on Sunday morning, that’s a positive so it looks like he’s back involved. Other than that we’re fine.”