SHAMROCK ROVERS BOSS Stephen Bradley cut a frustrated figure following his side’s 2-1 loss to Cork on Friday night.
A late Sean Maguire penalty maintained the Leesiders’ perfect start to the campaign, though Bradley believes his side were the better team overall.
“It’s frustrating, what we did to them in the second half,” he said. “We battered them. We hit the crossbar. We were much the better team and two silly mistakes cost us the game.”
A contentious penalty decision saw Daniel Devine penalised for a challenge on Maguire with two minutes remaining on the clock, and Bradley labelled his defender “naive” in committing himself.
“It doesn’t matter if (Maguire) dived or not, we shouldn’t have made that tackle,” he said.
“The linesman was very quick to give that. He didn’t give anything all evening, but he was quick to give that. We were very naive to make that tackle. Every forward’s going to go down there.
We worked on Sean all week. If you stop him, you stop them. We defended him really well. He didn’t do anything in the game, but you can’t switch off for two seconds because he’s a good player. But Tomer (Chencinski) switches off (for the first goal) and you get punished.”
Meanwhile, Cork boss John Caulfield acknowledged that there wasn’t much between the sides, with Maguire getting the visitors out of jail not for the first time.
It was a smash-and-grab with the wind because I don’t think you saw any team winning. We were poor, Rovers were playing square. There were three funny goals and there were no real chances. I know the conditions were difficult and I’m disappointed in the sense that a lot of our players didn’t play well, but it probably looked like being a draw because neither team could open up the other.
“(Connor) Ellis won a great header in the end, Maguire read it and he just skips (David) Webster, so it was a big three points but overall, we know we’ve a lot of work to do.”
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