Sunday 18 March 2018

Bradley insists Derry must raise their game

Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly

Derry star Eoin Bradley admits his side will have to improve on their winning performance against Fermanagh if they are to cope with the winners of Armagh versus Down in four weeks' time.

Bradley (27) scored 1-4 en route to helping Derry to a 1-12 to 0-2 half-time lead over hapless Fermanagh. They eventually won by eight points, but the forward believes that Derry haven't reached their potential yet.

And if he and his team-mates were under any illusions about their prowess, then manager John Brennan brought them back to earth -- even at half-time on Sunday.

"John lashed us for not being further ahead. He was cross at half-time, and he was cross after the game," Bradley said.

"I suppose we let ourselves down a bit in the second half but it was a potential banana skin for us. Thank God we got over it. It was hard to keep the intensity up when we were 13 points up. We started doing silly things, but at the end of the day it's an eight-point victory, so I suppose we have to be happy enough with that.

"We'll have plenty to work on for the next couple of weeks before we play Armagh or Down, and we know the next match will definitely be more competitive," added Bradley.

Manager Brennan took off the evergreen Enda Muldoon, who was named for duty shortly before the throw-in, as a precautionary measure after 48 minutes.

By then Muldoon had exerted a powerful influence as a third midfielder.

Brennan highlighted Muldoon's value to his side, saying: "Enda Muldoon is a very good player. He had a bit of a niggly injury, so to safeguard him we took him off, but our midfield collapsed after that.

"We had no playmaker, no experienced player who knew what to do. That was our downfall, particularly in the last 10 minutes."

Irish Independent

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