Friday 23 August 2019

Bradley: We must be 'ruthless' in Norway

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley. Photo: Sportsfile
Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley. Photo: Sportsfile

Aidan Fitzmaurice

As they pack their bags for a venture into Europe this week, Stephen Bradley admits that his Shamrock Rovers side need to find a ruthless streak if they are to put teams away.

The Hoops squad fly out to Norway tomorrow to prepare for Thursday's first leg of their Europa League first qualifying round tie with SK Brann.

Currently in fifth place in the Norwegian league, Brann keep things tight, with just one goal conceded in their last three games and only once this season have they conceded more than two goals.

Scoring is a problem for the Hoops, evident in Friday's 0-0 draw at home to Sligo Rovers, where the Tallaght club had enough chances to score half a dozen goals, but for the second time in a row failed to find the net at home.

"We've got to be more ruthless in the final third," says Bradley (above) of the scoreless draw with Sligo.

"We just have to turn performances like that, so dominant, into three points. It's as simple as that.

"The play is there for everyone to see, the chances we create, but as a team we can't let teams off the hook like that."

Stephen McPhail had travelled to Norway to take a look at Brann and before departure from Dublin Bradley plans to show his squad the footage of Brann's most recent game, a 0-0 draw last week.

"I think it's going to be a tough game, there's no doubt about it. They're a good side, but it's definitely a game over two legs that we can go and win.

"They're big and physical as well, very dangerous on set-plays. They're quick up front.

"We know they're strong, but over two legs we can definitely go and win the tie."

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