Tuesday 12 November 2019

Stephen Bradley praises Shamrock Rovers fans for their patience and togetherness

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley acknowledges supporters. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley acknowledges supporters. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Aidan Fitzmaurice, Mlada Boleslav

Shamrock Rovers boss Stephen Bradley has hailed the club's fans for their support despite the Europa League exit to Mlada Boleslav.

Rovers had around 250 supporters in an official attendance of 4,727 in Mlada Boleslav's Mestky Stadion, the home side winning 2-0 on the night, thanks to a pair of first-half goals, and advancing 5-2 on aggregate, where they are likely to face Albanian side Skenderbeu in the third round.

Bradley says he's buoyed by the level of support. "They have been the same all year, people keep asking me about it. I think the reason they are like that with us is that they understand it's a new group of players, they don't throw in the towel and for me that's massive," Bradley said after the defeat in the Czech Republic.

"That's something that has been missing from this club for a long time, in my opinion, since I was here under Michael O'Neill as a player.

"It's a big thing to have that in a group, they will learn from that and get stronger. But that togetherness, the fans can see that and they were brilliant again tonight."

Rovers were due to fly home from the Czech Republic immediately after the game, though weather issues across central Europe delayed their departure, and they now regroup for Sunday's league game away to champions Dundalk.

Ex-Dundalk man Ronan Finn, the Hoops captain in Mlada Boleslav, misses that test in Oriel Park due to suspension as all three remaining League of Ireland sides are out of Europe, Rovers and Cork City beaten in the Europa League.

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