Stephen Bradley gave this update on team news ahead of Friday’s Dublin Derby v’s Bohemian F.C.:
“We’re gutted. It’s obviously a competition we wanted to go as far as possible in but we weren’t good enough on the night and we got what we deserved, which was going out. I think it was a penalty but definitely not a red card [to Lee Grace] because if you look at it, Joey O’Brien is just about to clear the ball and Alan Mannus is about to pick it up. Their player was nowhere near it, we had cover and Lee wasn’t the last man. He still shouldn’t have fouled, it’s a penalty but not a sending off. I thought it was a terrible decision.
I thought we controlled the game with ten men, we had a few chances but never really did enough to win it. We went to three at the back and there were always going to be gaps [for more Drogheda chances]. We didn’t start the game right and when you don’t do that you don’t win games. We’re all the same; players, staff and fans. We all wanted the exact same thing. It’s not just the fans that are frustrated, everyone is. We’ve gone out in the first round and it’s not good enough. But there’s nothing we can do about it now so we need to move on and look forward to Friday.”
Bohemians “We’ve been excellent but we had a bad night on Friday and we got punished. We need to move on and it doesn’t matter if it’s Bohs or whoever, it’s another game and that’s what we need after last week. You want a game straight away after you’ve lost to try and put it right. Friday gives us the opportunity to do that. We know it’s going to be a tough game but it’s one we’re looking forward to. There’s a lot of big fixtures between now and the end of the season. Every Friday between now and then is the same, it’s no extra importance. You don’t get an extra point for winning the game against Bohs. It’s a big game but the rest of the remaining games are big.”
“The two week break was really good because we had no players last week. We needed the break, I don’t think we could have fielded a team if the fixture had went ahead against Dundalk. We were missing 12 players when we were training. For Drogheda, Dan Carr was injured and Aaron Greene shouldn’t have even been on the bench because he was struggling. Lee is suspended on Friday. Ethan Boyle trained a little bit today so we’ll have to wait and see. Dave McAllister is out for six or seven weeks and we’re hoping Luke Byrne is back next week or the week after.”