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First Team News
TEAM NEWS: HOME V ST. PAT’S 22-05-2018
Stephen Bradley gave his team news in advance of Tuesday’s big home game v St. Pat’s Athletic.

Sligo [0-0]

“I thought we played well. We dominated the game and created chances. On another night we win comfortably but we didn’t take our chances and obviously didn’t win the game but overall I’m happy with the performance. If you look at it especially in the first half, we created a lot of good chances. Dan Carr’s one off the left and the right, Ronan Finn and Graham Burke had one, and if you score one of those the game really opens up for you. But it wasn’t to be. It looked like they wanted to sit in for the game and make it hard for us and it worked to a certain extent but it was just one of those nights where it wasn’t going in.”

St Pat’s

“One thing is we’ll definitely create chances and I think it’s a matter of time before we go and put one in and once we do hopefully it starts a little run for us. St Pat’s are doing really well, they’ve won their last few games. I watched them last week against Derry and they were good. They’re coming full of confidence but it’s a challenge we’re really looking forward to. I’d imagine with the run they’re on they’ll look to try and play and win the game so we’ll be ready for that. I think three points is three points, I don’t think you should get yourself up differently for any other game. It’s a game we want to win like every other game. The players know about the derbies and everything that comes with that but as a player and as a group you can’t lift yourself for one or two games and not for others. So we’ll be ready to go for Pat’s like we were in Sligo.”

Injuries

“Kevin Horgan and Sean Boyd are still out, both are probably another week away. Sean Kavanagh was ill on Friday night which forced him out of Saturday but hopefully he’ll be fine for tomorrow. I thought Luke Byrne did well [in his place in Sligo], he got in some really good crosses. He gave us a real attacking threat up that side and we know Luke is strong defensively. Joey O’Brien is back from suspension and that’s a big plus for us. He brings a lot of know-how and experience to our team and especially our back four.”

Graham Burke

“It was fantastic for Graham to come on for Ireland on Sunday. It’s a great achievement for Graham and I thought he did really well too. He’s obviously a little bit heavy legged with the games on Saturday and Sunday and the travelling. We’ll just have to have a look at him tomorrow and see how he’s feeling before we make any decisions.”

Celtic

“It’s great for the club that a club like Celtic are coming back to play us [for a friendly on July 7th]. We have a good relationship with them all round and it’s great that they’ve decided to come back to Tallaght.”