Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley felt his side got the rewards their recent performances have been threatening in a 3-1 victory over Dundalk at Tallaght Stadium.

After falling behind, goals from Liam Scales, Sean Gannon and Aaron Greene earned the Hoops a deserved three points and sent the side to the top of the SSE Airtricity league table, temporarily at least.

The victory ended a four-game strike without a win on home turf and speaking to RTÉ Sport after the game, Bradley said it was a pleasing evening's work.

"The performances have been good, we just haven’t matched that with results," he said. "We got both against Dundalk. We looked more like ourselves."

"Alan [Mannus] made a great save to keep us in the game and form there on in, there was only one team that was going to win really."

The game saw former Dundalk favourite Richie Towell make his debut for the club, though it was a shaky start, with the 29-year-old caught in possession inside his own half by Michael Duffy in the lead-up to Dundalk’s opener.

Bradley insists the gifted midfielder will need a run of games to get back up to speed.

He's a leader and he’ll score goals for us. He gives us a different dimension

"He will be disappointed, but he hasn’t played a game in quite some time. You could see it took him a while to get into the game, but Richie is going to be a fantastic player for us.

"He’s a leader and he’ll score goals for us. He gives us a different dimension. We need to get him up to speed very quickly."

Next up for the Hoops is a Champions League assignment away to Slovakian side Slovan Bratislava on Wednesday.

Having taken just eight points from their last nine matches prior to last night, the 3-1 victory has come at an opportune time.

"It’s going to be a difficult game, they dominate Slovakian football," Bradley said. "We have watched them quite a bit the last week. It's a difficult task, but we go there with a gameplan and we look forward to it."