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Sunday 25 March 2018

We have to improve to progress - Bradley

Tyrone's Mark Bradley was impressive against Limerick, and along with Darren McCurry, is shouldering more responsibility
Tyrone's Mark Bradley was impressive against Limerick, and along with Darren McCurry, is shouldering more responsibility
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Tyrone and Mark Bradley have been learning on the hoof.

There have been comings and goings in the panel. There have been some big wins and some setbacks.

The team has taken on various shapes and guises but on Saturday night against Sligo there was a noted shift of responsibility away from the old heads and on to the likes of Bradley and freetaker Darren McCurry.

Seán Cavanagh and Joe McMahon still delivered notable performances but McCurry did the bulk of the scoring while Bradley put in a big shift as Mickey Harte's new-look Tyrone side takes shape.

The diminutive Bradley was impressive when coming off the bench to help see off Limerick and he did something similar against Meath.


On Saturday, he took on more responsibility as Tyrone ran out convincing winners in a game that saw them hit 21 points.

"It's nice just to be playing at all, especially in Croke Park," he reflected. "That is where you want to be playing week in and week out. It's nice to be back here next week.

"It was by no means comfortable. The last 10 minutes, you saw how many mistakes we made.

"We will just have to improve on that for the next day. That is not going to cut it the next day but we did well to get over the line."

There wasn't much said in the Tyrone dressing-room after the game. Harte just reminded his players of the importance of recovery with Monaghan coming down the tracks on Saturday evening.

And Bradley knows his side will have to be more ruthless in front of goal if they are to see off the Ulster champions.

"(We had) three goal chances that were cleared off the line. We are definitely creating the chances. We scored more than 20 points. The chances are coming," he said.

"It's just a matter of putting them away. That will come with confidence and momentum.

"You are starting to come into the business end of the season. It's going to be a tough now in the quarter-final. Hopefully, we can get through that.

"We are building momentum with each game. The qualifiers have done us the world of good. We have gained a bit of momentum and a bit of confidence.

"We are getting results and we are just about getting there."

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