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Bradley: 'Our style won't change'


Rovers boss Stephen Bradley

Rovers boss Stephen Bradley

Rovers boss Stephen Bradley

Stephen Bradley has defended the approach of his Shamrock Rovers side after another sending-off for the Hoops.

Rovers play Hammarby in the second game of their pre-season tournament in Portugal tonight, having won on penalties in the first match, against another Swedish side, Dalkurd, in midweek.

Both sides finished that first game with 10 men, with Hoops man David McAllister dismissed, that sending-off a concern for some as Rovers had more red cards (10) in the league than any other side last season.

"The two sendings-off were sendings-off so we just have to accept it," says Bradley of that first match played in the Algarve.

"How we play is, we play intense and with physicality, we need to play like that because that's what our football back home demands, that's the way we play." One man on his way out of Tallaght Stadium, on loan, is striker Michael O'Connor.

The Dundalk native had been on trial with League Two side Rotherham United and appeared close to a move, but he returned to Ireland.

O'Connor played for Finn Harps in a friendly game on Thursday night and the Donegal side are hopeful of landing him on a six-month loan deal.

Dundalk, who are also abroad for pre-season, are still looking to add to their squad. They beat FC Seoul 1-0 in a friendly played in Spain yesterday, Michael Duffy on target for Stephen Kenny's side.

Kenny cast his eye over trialists Tyler Blackwood and Jordan Hamill in that game but no deals have yet been signed. The Lilywhites this week completed the loan signing of Hungarian forward Krisztián Adorján, previously with Liverpool.