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Preview: Russell looks to build as Limerick face Bray Wanderers

Updated: Wednesday, 06 Aug 2014 17:33 | Comments

Samuel Oji is doubtful for Limerick
Samuel Oji is doubtful for Limerick

Limerick boss Martin Russell is looking to build on last week’s victory against Shamrock Rovers as his side entertain Bray in tomorrow night's SSE Airtricity League Premier Division encounter at Thomond Park, kick-off 7.45pm. 

The recently appointed Blues boss watched his side record an impressive victory over the Hoops last Friday night and Russell will be looking for more of the same as they take on the struggling Seagulls at Thomond. 

“It’s important that we build on last week,” Russell told LimerickFC.ie. “You want to win each and every game and we’ll look forward to the visit of Bray.

“We want a similar performance to last week. We want to start in a positive manner and make sure we do things right. As we all know, there are no easy games in this league and Thursday will be no different.

“Bray have not had the results they would have wanted recently but teams can be broken and they can pick up a win somewhere.

“We need to put in a performance to match last week which will help our cause towards getting another three points.”

Meanwhile, both sides have injury concerns ahead of the game with Russell having slight concerns over the fitness of centre-halves Samuel Oji and Michael Leahy, while young left-sided player Colm Murphy remains on the sidelines having suffered concussion in the recent defeat by Sligo Rovers.

Bray have bigger problems, as Dave Webster is a definite absentee with a foot injury, while Shane O'Neill has a back problem.

And three of last week’s starting eleven picked up injuries against Athlone Town with Jake Kelly nursing a groin problem, Shane O'Connor has a hamstring injury and Adam Hanlon struggling with a knee injury, leaving all three doubtful for the trip to Limerick.

Looking ahead to the match, Bray boss Alan Mathews said: "Limerick come into the game on the back of a great win last Friday against Shamrock Rovers and we will have to play well to get a positive result.

“We showed a lot of character last week to get a point from the game (draw with Athlone) and we hope to push on from there."

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