Cork City host a St Patrick’s Athletic side desperate for points at Turners Cross on Sunday, but rebels boss John Caulfield expects his side to continue their winning ways before their European adventure steps up a notch on Thursday.
City’s lead over Dundalk has been reduced to just nine points, albeit with Cork having games in hand, but Caulfield doesn’t want to give his rivals for the title any encouragement.
Speaking ahead of the game, City manager John Caulfield said: “We have fantastic support, it is Seanie and Kevin’s last home league game and I am sure a lot of people will want to come out and see them as well. For us, it is about going out and winning the match, because we are going for the league title.”
Caulfield doesn’t expect his side to take their eye off the ball, “It is a huge game for us. We are not looking to next Thursday at all, we are looking at what would be a vital three points for us. We have competition for places, we have a lot of good players and a lot of guys who want to come in, so that is a real positive for us.”
“There is always the danger that people switch off and lose focus, but that hasn’t happened this year and I would be disappointed if that happened tomorrow. Ultimately, it is up to me to keep the lads focused and tuned in, so I would expect that won’t be an issue. We trained this morning, everyone was in good shape and looking forward to the game; they know how big the match is and they know we need to win to keep the pressure on.”
Jimmy Keohane will be suspended, while Johnny Dunleavy and John Kavanagh are both definitely ruled out through injury.