Stephen Bradley gave us his thoughts in advance of Tuesday’s game away v Dundalk in Oriel Park, kick off 7.45pm.
“We’re obviously really disappointed to lose the game and frustrated with the goal we gave away. It was a clear foul, you could see that Pico Lopes is being held on the ground but it’s still a poor goal from our point of view to give away because we were in control of the ball and the game at that stage. It’s a derby, it’s a big game so we’re disappointed with the outcome.
We look at everything [in the four derbies] but that’s the way it goes sometimes. If you look at last year, Derry would have been our bogey team and it’s flipped on its head this season. Sometimes you just get one of those teams. We’d been really good up to Drogheda in terms of creating chances and scoring goals so hopefully we can get back to that this week.”
“It’s a massive game, a really tough game. We know that Dundalk are in good form but it’s a challenge that we’re really looking forward to. We always do well up there and I’m sure Tuesday will be no different. It was a tight game [in April]. I think the goals were our mistakes, we were well in the game. I’m sure it’ll be a tight game again tomorrow night. We’re capable of beating any team in the league so we’re all looking forward to it. There’s a lot of points to be played for between now and the end of the season, we just need to stay focused and get back to what we do well.”
“The Leaving Cert had a big part in Aaron Bolger not featuring more in the season but that’s over now so Aaron is like any other player now, competing for a starting place in the team. Gary Shaw was a strange one – he was OK beforehand but he felt his hamstring in the warm up [against Bohs] and obviously we couldn’t bring him on. He’s fine now, he’s trained the last few days. Luke Byrne is still a little bit away. He came back training and had a recurrence of the same injury. Sean Boyd is still a couple of weeks away.”
Tickets for the away end will be on sale at Oriel from 6.30pm on matchnight.