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Bradley Clayton on 'a proper game of football'

B Team midfielder on scoring in a tough defeat to Dundalk

9 February 2018

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Bradley Clayton took time out after training on Thursday afternoon to talk about the previous night's match with Dundalk and how disappointed the team were after competing so well for so long.

"The timing of their goal shows how close the game was," said Bradley. "We had a few more chances earlier on to get a few goals up and seal the game of. We didn't take those chances so we're not happy with the result."

Despite the scoreline, the game was end-to-end and the fans saw some superb football on display from both sides. B Team Head Coach Kevin O'Connor told iFollow that it was the perfect style of game for his players. Bradley agreed with that statement.

"Most definitely," he said. "That felt like a proper game of football. Even though it had the word friendly around it, it felt like a proper game. The crowd were loud and lively, every time you messed up they would pick up on it. There were a few hard tackles as well, so it didn't feel like a friendly, it felt more like a proper game of football."

Heading into the half-time break with a single goal advantage, the squad feel as though they could have done more to increase this as the half went on.

"We didn't capitalise on our pressure," said Bradley. "We had chances, we had long spells on the ball and good attacking play. We just didn't take our chances today and a good team like that punished us."

The 20-year-old scored another goal for The Bees when he snatched possession back from Stephen Folan just outside his opponent's penalty area. Racing through one-on-one, he tucked the ball away into the bottom corner.

"Pressing is a big part of our game," he explained. "We work on it all the time; the way we press, how everyone has to do their own job for it to work. To get a goal from it is good, it shows us what we are doing is working and is the way we should be playing.

"To score myself is always nice. I scored last week as well so hopefully I can keep it going."

A good crowd were in attendance at Oriel Park for the match, which gave the B Team something else to deal with altogether. 

"It was very lively," said Bradley. "Moreso towards the end, when they are on top as well. You could feel they were getting behind their team and momentum's a big thing in football.

"Having all those extra people supporting them, pushed them on and spurred them on a lot. It's a proper test because you are going to get that if you make it to the higher levels in football. It's necessary and it was a good test."

Heading into their next game with Shamrock Rovers on Saturday, Bradley had a few things he wanted to take into that fixture.

"We need to take our chances when we can, or we will be punished," he said. "We now know the physicality that Irish teams will bring and we know that we can match up against them. We can do better than them. I think we just take the crowd in our stride, play how we play, and take our chances this time."

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