Stephen Bradley on Shamrock Rovers title hopes: ‘Come November if it’s enough, it’s enough, if it’s not, it’s not…’

Shamrock Rovers boss Stephen Bradley admits he is unsure of where his side’s league title bid lies. 

The Hoops head into the mid-season break 12 points behind leaders Shelbourne but do have a game in hand on the Reds. 

But they need to find more consistent form if they are to reel in Damien Duff’s troops. 

And Bradley admitted as much after watching his side lose 2-1 away to St Patrick’s Athletic last Thursday night after leading 1-0. 

“I don’t know. We’ll do what we do,” Bradley replied when asked about Rovers’ title ambitions. “Come November if it’s enough, it’s enough, if it’s not, it’s not. We’ll see where we lie. If we keep doing our stuff, let’s see where it takes us.

“The first half against Pat’s was very good and the second half was really poor.”

Rovers have not been helped this season by a lengthy injury list, with nine players out for Thursday’s defeat against the Saints. 

But they should be at full strength after the break with the exception of Lee Grace and Sean Kavanagh. 

“After the break, we should have all back except Lee Grace (hamstring) and Sean Kavanagh. 

“Gary O’Neill has been cleared and Rory Gaffney got cleared on Thursday. Sean Hoare too.”

But is the mid-season break coming at a good or bad time for the champions?

“You want to play regular games,” Bradley added. “In terms of getting bodies back, it allows the opportunity to get them back, get some training into them without having pressure of playing after that. It’ll be good In that regard. We’ll regroup and go again.”