Stephen Rice has full confidence in Shamrock Rovers to turn over SK Brann in Tallaght on Thursday night, and backed the Hoops' strikers to rediscover their spark in front of goal.

Stephen Bradley's men have found themselves dominating possession without punishing sides on a few occasions this campaign - the recent stalemate with Sligo Rovers being a case in point - which is an obvious source of frustration for both the team and fans.

Given how easy on the eye their style can be up to the final third, it's the attackers who've taken some flak for a lack of cutting edge - indeed it was a brace from a defender, Roberto Lopes, that got them out of Noway with a 2-2 draw last week -  but former midfielder Rice is not too concerned. 

"Our build-up play has been excellent," he told the RTÉ Soccer Podcast.

"I suppose it's just [about] getting those finishing touches to the goals, that end product. We have got the quality wit Aaron Greene, with Dan Carr, with Graham Cummins coming in [from Cork City].

"You can throw Neil Farrugia into that as well. There is a lot of quality in that squad. The goals will come.

"Creating chances is the hardest part. Aaron has scored goals throughout his career, so has Graham, and Dan has done really well since he's come in. Strikers go through little patches like this.

"We're dominating nearly every game possession wise. We need to start finishing more but I think that will come, I really do."

Rice scored one of the most memorable goals in the club's history in 2011 when he turned home against Totenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in the group stages of the Europa League.

Rovers have work to do if they're to keep alive any ambitions of emulating those feats, however Rice fully expects them to progress to the second leg of Europa League qualifying. 

"I think we were the better side and totally deserved a minimum of a draw," he said.

"It was a great result in the end for us. The game plan worked a treat; I thought we were every good.  

"I thought we looked a real threat and probably should have been ahead by the time we actually got the equaliser. But they also have some threats.

"I'm really confident, having watched the game, that we can see the tie through. "

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