STEPHEN BRADLEY needs Friday’s ‘horrible’ show in opposition to St Pat’s to be a well timed wake-up name for Shamrock Rovers.
Regardless of a sluggish efficiency, league champions Rovers lifted the President’s Cup with a penalty shootout win over the FAI Cup holders at Tallaght Stadium.
Hoops had been outplayed by Tim Clancy’s vibrant Saints for a lot of the sport, with gaffer Bradley admitting they had been fortunate to not be properly overwhelmed.
It was solely when Bradley introduced on Graham Burke, Richie Towell and Rory Gaffney after an hour that Rovers gained a foothold within the recreation.
Skipper Ronan Finn cancelled out Eoin Doyle’s objective for St Pat’s earlier than Rovers prevailed 5-4 on spot-kicks.
Bradley stated: “We in all probability solely acquired going within the final quarter-hour.
“As much as that time, I believed we had been horrible and St Pat’s ought to have been out of sight and three or 4 up.
“The sport ought to have been over, possibly even at half-time.
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“Every thing about us on the evening was actually poor.”
Except for profitable the trophy, Bradley hopes the Hoops have gotten a poor show out of their system forward of Friday’s Premier Division kick-off at residence to newly- promoted UCD.
The Rovers boss stated: “It’s good to get that wake-up name earlier than the season and never within the season.
“Like I stated, it wasn’t ok.
“We will’t carry out like that and anticipate to get away with it.
“We acquired away with one on Friday evening, however you’ll be able to’t carry out like that and anticipate to compete.
“It’s good to get it on Friday and nonetheless win the sport, however we had been actually poor.
“We clearly retained the league title final yr and we’ve seen the starvation with how we completed the season.
“However we didn’t respect it sufficient on Friday, in each side.
“We had been gradual, we had been sloppy, our decision-making was poor, our distances had been actually poor, we had been open, our press was poor, all the pieces was poor.
“We’ll take a look at it and proper it as a result of that received’t be sufficient to beat UCD.”
However there shall be no ranting and raving wanted within the dressing room because the gamers understand it was not acceptable.
Bradley added: “They know our requirements and what we’re able to.
“They’ve proved that for the final three or 4 years.
“They know what Friday was and it wasn’t us, it wasn’t ok.
“You need to give the gamers credit score for combating again and getting the draw and profitable on penalties, that’s character.
“However general St Pat’s ought to have been out of sight.
“You’ll be able to’t begin gradual on this league. We all know that.
“Friday you’ll be able to put all the way down to a lot of issues, however you must name it as you see it and we weren’t ok, it’s so simple as that.”
https://www.thesun.ie/sport/soccer/8360488/shamrock-rovers-stephen-bradley-st-pats-presidents-cup-win/ Shamrock Rovers boss Stephen Bradley laments ‘horrible’ show in opposition to St Pat’s regardless of President’s Cup win