Stephen Bradley gave this update on the Hoops squad in advance of Monday’s EA SPORTS Cup tie at Tallaght Stadium v Longford Town at 7pm.
“We showed really good qualities to go and win the game [against Sligo] considering we didn’t play well. It’s an important three points for us. Sometimes we get wrapped up in the performance. We’ve played really well in games this season and come away with nothing so it was good to flip that.
We had little patches where we were good in the second half but overall we were below par. But it doesn’t matter, no one will remember the performance come the end of the season, they’ll just remember we won the game.
It was a great delivery by Sean Kavanagh for the goal. He has that quality and lovely technique on his left side. The cross was perfect for Dan Carr, it was a really hard area for the goalkeeper and defence to deal with. It‘s great for him to get the goal. He’s been working really hard and all other aspects of his game have been good.
I understand what Gerard Lyttle is saying [that play should have been stopped] because of the head injury. But I think now a lot of teams and players are using a tactic of, when we lose the ball and we’re open that we go down with a head injury, because they want the ref to stop the game.
I think it’s a good decision by the ref not to because there was nothing in the challenge. Even with that, we still have to travel 70 or 80 yards to score the goal, we still had a lot of work to do, it wasn’t as if he went down on the edge of their box.
There’s no regrets from last year’s League Cup final. We lost the game and Aaron Bolger getting sent off at the time killed the game for us. We move on and we learn.
Longford are a good side and Neale Fenn has them playing good football. I’ve no doubt they’ll come and have a goon Monday. We know we’re in for a game and we have to show them respect. We’ll have a look at training on Monday in terms of bodies and niggles and see where we are. There’s a few little knocks but Sean Boyd and Joey O’Brien are definitely out.
If we need to change we will, it’s a good chance for anyone who comes into the team but we want to win. It’s a competition that we want to go as far as possible in so we need to approach it in the right way and win the game.”