Cork City FC will aim to return to winning ways on Friday night, as they welcome Bohemians to Turner’s Cross.

11 August 2016
By Bryan T. Smyth

City are second in the table and they go into the game six points off top spot, with two games in hand. Their last league outing saw them lose 2-1 at home to Sligo Rovers on Monday night, their first league defeat since March. The visitors are in eighth place, but recorded a 2-0 win over Finn Harps last weekend, bringing to an end a run of three league games without a victory.

Speaking to the media at his press conference before the game, City boss John Caulfield said that he expects his side to show a positive reaction to Monday’s defeat: “Obviously, everyone was very disappointed after Monday, but we have had a good chat. We met Tuesday and went through a good bit of stuff, so we put it behind us and we have trained very well since then. We’ve all had our say, every fella will have his sleeves rolled up and I expect a massive reaction tomorrow night.”

“We know it will be a tough, physical game; Bohs are big and strong and good at set pieces. There are no excuses, everyone is ready and it’s all about getting ourselves set for tomorrow night. We need to get back to basics, clean sheets and working as hard as we can. We know we can create chances, we didn’t take them the other night but we look forward to getting back to taking them.”

“The league is there to be won; it’s a cliché, but you have to approach every game the right way or it will cost you. It is our biggest game of the season and we have to go out and win the match.”

“We have to respond tomorrow night with a very good performance and a performance that will win us the match. You have to be there right to the end and the only way we can do that is by winning our game every week, so the most important thing is to win tomorrow night.”

John Dunleavy, John Kavanagh and Alan Smith remain sidelined, while there is also a doubt over the availability of Alan Bennett, who missed the Sligo game.

Injury News: John Dunleavy, John Kavanagh, Alan Smith, Alan Bennett

Suspensions: None.

Last Game: Cork City 1-2 Sligo Rovers

Last Meeting: Bohemians 0-1 Cork City

League Form (most recent game first): L W D W W W W W W W

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