'Not there yet' was the reaction of Shamrock Rovers manager, Stephen Bradley, as his side moved closer to defending their title, following a 2-0 victory over Sligo Rovers.

The Hoops dominated Friday night’s encounter against the Bit O’Red, with goals from Danny Mandroiu and Aaron Greene sealing the points at Tallaght Stadium.

Bradley’s side now sit 12 points clear of second placed St Patrick’s Athletic and the Inchicore side are the only team in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division who can catch Rovers.

But with only six games to go, the title looks to be staying with the reigning champions, who are looking to make it 19 league wins for the club.

Bradley was full of praise for his team and the overall performance against Sligo, as the home side hit the woodwork four times, while visiting goalkeeper Ed McGinty also helped keep the score down.

And the manager encouraged his side to keep turning up and playing the way they are playing to push on and secure the back-to-back success, which would match Michael O’Neill’s Rovers who won the league in 2010 and 2011.

Stephen Bradley working from the sideline as his side beat Sligo

"I thought we were very good tonight. There was a real hunger and there always is with this group," said Bradley, speaking to RTÉ Sport after the game.

"They are a real driven group of men that want to succeed, want to be the best and want to win things, and they show up every day and every week. That’s what they do, and they are brave with how they approach games.

"We want to go and drive it home, we are not there yet, but we have put ourselves in a fantastic position, and all we have to do is keep showing up like we did today, keep knocking off the games and before too long, hopefully, we can take it home."

Next up for the Hoops is a home clash with arch rivals Bohemians on Monday night, where Rovers can move to within four points of securing this year’s Premier Division title.

"I'm really looking forward to it," said Bradley. "Two good teams with a lot of good players on the pitch.

"Hopefully, it’s a good game, the last one was a pretty poor game, quality wise, and we’ll be going all out to get three points."