We have Stephen Bradley’s thoughts the week just gone and on Friday’s important league game at Derry City:
On the 1-0 win over Finn Harps in the FAI Cup:
We had enough chances to make it more comfortable. You would have liked to make it more comfortable but we obviously didn’t and they were always in the game. But we got the win and we’re in the next round. We felt it would be a comedown after the European games and you could sense it on the night, it was a little bit flat in terms of the atmosphere, the build up and the buzz around the game. You could see that in parts of the performance.
It was a good ball from Ronan Finn and a good finish by Dan Carr for the goal. Harps hit the post at the end so they had a couple of chances in the game and were always in it. I thought overall we were just OK but the important thing was getting the win. Looking at the draw, especially early on in the competition it’s important to get a home draw and thankfully we have. It’s one to look forward to.
On loan signing Graham Burke:
It’s great to have Graham back. When we signed him he had a lot of other options but he pushed hard to make this happen. It shows his hunger and desire to play for the club again and it’s fantastic when you have players of Graham’s ability with that hunger and desire to play for us. In patches he did really well and could have had two goals. We have to understand that he was in pre-season so it was great to get minutes into him without any injuries. He’ll only get fitter and stronger in the coming weeks.
On tomorrow’s game in Derry:
Derry are having a very good season. Declan is doing a great job up there and he has got a good group of players together. It’ll be a difficult game but we’re ready to go and win three points. The Brandywell is a pitch we enjoy playing on and it suits us. Neil Farrugia still isn’t ready yet. Leon Pohls took a knock in training. Joey O’Brien has been playing the last few weeks with a bad ankle and he’ll probably struggle for tomorrow night.