Stephen Bradley gave us his thoughts on last weeks win at Cork and team news for Friday nights game in Tallaght Stadium v Waterford FC.
On the 3-1 win in Cork:
“It was a good win. I thought we played well and fully deserved it.
We started really well and got an early goal from Sean Kavanagh; from winning the ball back there was so much good play in it, it was a really good goal. It really settled us as well. We had been playing well up to that point but we really started to play our game after it. Winning the ball back is something that we’ve been good at this year and Friday was no different. It worked well and caused them problems.
Then Aaron McEneff got a really good goal, his feet on the edge of the box were very good to go past the centre-half. He obviously gets a bit of luck on the actual strike but the lead up to it was very good. From our point of view there was nothing about Cork’s goal; they’ve got it back into the box, Roberto tries to head it, it hits Casey and goes straight in. I don’t think he knew anything about it. We’re disappointed to give that goal away but there’s not much we can do about it.
After half-time we got back into our stride very quickly and continued where we left off. Aaron can score all types of goals and they all count the same so it doesn’t really matter. And that’s what he can do, he can score goals from 30 yards or 5 yards, he’s a goalscorer. It was brilliant for the players to see the amount of support down there too. Turner’s Cross is a tough place to go and Cork are a tough team to play against. When they come out and see the fans have come out in huge numbers it definitely gives you a boost before the game. You could hear them all night as well, it was brilliant.”
On the game v’s Waterford on Friday:
“Waterford have players that can go anywhere and win a game, I think they’ve shown that this year when they travelled to Turner’s Cross and won well. There’s some really good players in their team. The result didn’t go their way last week but they’ll fancy their chances coming to Tallaght. It’s going to be a tough game and we saw that down there in the first game of the season. I thought we played well that night. It took us until the last kick of the game to win it but we maybe should have scored a couple more. We saw on that night that Waterford are a dangerous team and have good attacking players so we have to be ready tomorrow night. We’re ready to go and get more points on the board.
On Performances To Date:
“We want to stay focused on what we’re doing really well. We’ve been creating chances and scoring goals and we just need to stay focused in every game, keep moving the ball and creating chances. Tallaght is not a nice place to come when our home fans pack the place out and make it really intimidating for our opponents. Hopefully we can do that again on Friday night and that’ll help us get the three points.”
“We’ll have to check on Dan Carr again, last week was a bit early for him. Greg Bolger picked up a knock in Cork, we’ll have a look at him but he should be OK. Ethan Boyle is back available.”
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