Stephen Bradley gave his thoughts on the week so far and Sunday’s league game against U.C.D. at Tallaght Stadium:
On Thursday’s Europa League win over Brann:
“It was a great night all round. We got the big crowd we asked for and the fans were fantastic throughout. They really kept the players going and pushed them forward and the players produced on the pitch. Coming from behind three times in Europe, it’s not been done often if it has been done before and I think it shows what’s within the group, what’s building and what’s to come. It shows their character, togetherness and desire to win games. It’s a real positive for us going forward.
Watching back the first half I thought we were the team more in control. It was a pretty even first half in terms of chances created, we’d nothing clear cut and neither did they. It was a tight game which you’re always going to get when you’ve two good sides and it’s so evenly poised.
In the second half it opened up a lot more. They had to come out and try and get the goal which they did. We had started the second half really well but the goal that they scored was a really poor one to give away from our point of view. Very rarely do we give away chances like that with one ball down the middle. I think the goal helped us in that it completely settled us and we really hit our stride after that. We spoke about it before the game that you have to stand up and be counted on nights like that and I think everyone did. I don’t think there was one individual on the pitch that didn’t do that and that’s all you can ask for.
The squad is really strong now so when we make substitutions it never weakens us. The players that came on were ready and obviously had a big impact on the game which was great to see. Dan Carr came on and caused them problems and had a hand in Jack Byrne’s goal. When you watch it back it just gets better and better. It was two touches in the box and I don’t think he could have taken it any other way than he did. It was an excellent finish by Jack.
It was a special moment for Gary O’Neill as well. It was his first European game at Tallaght Stadium and he goes and scores what turns out to be the winner. His contribution all round when he came on was brilliant. The celebrations were crazy between the fans and the players but that’s what it’s all about. It’s about winning big games and the emotion comes afterwards.”
We’ve got ourselves in a great position in the league, Europe and FAI Cup and we’re ready to kick on between now and the end of the season.”
Sunday’s game with UCD and Squad Update:
“U.C.D. is a different challenge to what we faced on Thursday but we’ll be 100% ready and focused. The players have been brilliant at that all year, putting the result to bed quickly and focusing on the next task in hand and that’s U.C.D.. We know where they’re strong and we’ve got to respect that on Sunday. They’ll enjoy coming to Tallaght on a big pitch, probably the best pitch in the country. .
There’s a few knocks from the Brann game but that’s to be expected from a game like that. There’s nothing major except Neil Farrugia is still a bit away. Greg Bolger, Sean Callan and Trevor Clarke are suspended.”