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Rovers go west hoping to find their missing spark


Following the high of the Derby win The Hoops were brought crashing down to earth at home to Derry City on Friday night.

That defeat puts a little bit of pressure on the side going into tonights clash with Galway United in Eamonn Deacy Park (KO 7pm.)

After the weekends disappointment, where Rovers failed to show the character displayed against Bohs, the players now have a great chance to get that performance out of their systems.

Friday night’s game was a tight, dour affair where neither side showed much, decided by a goal from a corner that Rovers should have defended better.

Even when the visitors went down to ten men for the last twenty minutes, The Hoops still failed to put their defence under any meaningful pressure and Derry City got out of Tallaght with all three points without too much of a fight from their hosts.

Speaking after the game manager Stephen Bradley said the result won’t effect his faith in the players.

“This is a new team, a new squad, and it’s going to take time.

“They’ll be fine. I know we’ve good characters in there.

“They’re disappointed.

“We didn’t do enough to win the game, but we shouldn’t have lost it either.

“With the characters we have we’ll bounce back.”

Pic by George Kelly

Trevor Clarke, who was a big loss to the side after being forced off at half time on Friday night with a shoulder injury, may still be feeling the effects and is slightly doubtful for tonight while Graham Burke again misses out as he completes his three match ban.

Ryan Connolly is in line to face his old side for the first time since his switch to The Hoops.

Rovers had gone with an unchanged team for their previous two games but may make some changes tonight for what will be their second game of three in seven days.

Tonights opponents Galway United claimed their first point of the season at the weekend when they drew 1-1 against Finn Harps in Ballybofey in a game they will feel they should have won.

After dominating for long spells they couldn’t find the second goal and while he was happy with his teams performance against Harps, United manager Shane Keegan said he doesn’t care how they play tonight as long they get something out of the game.

“We would take a performance that might not be as good if we can pick up a result, we would take an ugly performance to yield some points against Shamrock Rovers on Monday.

“Rovers will have a bit of fight and focus in them after the Derry City game.

“They’re a side with a lot of quality.

“We feel we put in a good first half against Drogheda at Eamonn Deacy Park on the opening day, but we didn’t reach those levels in the second half.

“The big thing for us against Shamrock Rovers is can we go for the full 90 minutes.

“We will have spells without the ball, we will need to put in a lot of work and effort.”