Cork City face one of their biggest tests of the season on Friday night, as they travel to Oriel Park to take on the champions Dundalk. City are on a 16-game unbeaten league run while Dundalk are unbeaten in their last four.
Speaking to the media ahead of the game, John Caulfield said “Every game is a big game for us these days but we have to keep taking it week by week. Our focus has been really good this week. We all know that Dundalk will be a difficult game and we need to be right for this game. We are really looking forward to it.”
“The run we are on has been superb but it is all behind us now. We will go into this game full of confidence and know we will need to be on top of our game and give an outstanding performance.”
“Our total focus is to go there and get three points. Fridays result will not define the season. We are only half way through the season. There is a long way to go.”
“There is a serious amount of games to be played in July and August, points will be dropped and there will be lots of twists and turns. All we can do if keep focused on ourselves.”
As for Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny, he’s happy with the team’s performances of late and wants his side to earn the right to challenge for a European Place. He told dundalkfc.com “We have been in good form recently, we have played well and hopefully we can take that into the game tomorrow night against Cork City.”
“From our point of view, four clean sheets in recent weeks has been good and I am happy with the level of performance that we have shown in recent weeks. Players have settled in from the start of the season and I am very happy with the level of creativity in the last few games.”
“It’s our ambition to cement our place in the European spots. There are four or five clubs at the moment challenging for those European places. We have to earn the right to get into European competition like we have before.”