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Cork City's Greg Bolger and Roberto Lopes of Shamrock Rovers. Picture: INPHO/Cathal Noonan
Cork City's Greg Bolger and Roberto Lopes of Shamrock Rovers. Picture: INPHO/Cathal Noonan
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Bolger: Dundalk need a victory more than Cork City

Noel Spillane 

Soccer

CORK CITY'S Greg Bolger, a man who knows exactly what is required to win a league title, has called on his team-mates to put on a professional show against defending champions Dundalk at Oriel Park tomorrow night (live on RTÉ 2).

City take a 16-match unbeaten run on the road to Oriel Park’s new artificial surface determined to maintain their proud record and 15 point advantage at the top of the SSE Airtricity League table.

And midfielder Bolger, one of the most experienced players in the league, has seen and done it all before in the red and white of Liam Buckley’s St Patrick’s Athletic.

“They (Dundalk) probably need to win the game a bit more than us.  They are on a bit of a run themselves and unbeaten in three matches.  A draw would not be a bad result for us but I don’t think we know how to play for a draw.  

"We only know how to play one way. We always go out to try and win the game, and believe me, it will be the exact same mentality at Oriel Park. 

"It’s a big game for Dundalk and one they can’t really afford to lose so all the pressure is on them. 

"They are having to play catch up this season for a change but we know we will need to be right on our game to win away from home,” said Bolger ahead of this top billing TV clash.

“Irrespective of the result, we are only at the half-way point in the season. 

"We are on an incredible run of form, unbeaten in 16 matches going to Dundalk and we need to keep it going but we need to respect the opposition as well.

“A lot can happen after the summer break with some more twists and turns and despite what happens up at Dundalk, I can assure you, we won’t be counting any chickens even if we do win tomorrow night,” he warned.

“We have great versatility, flexibility and adaptability in the squad and you can see it this year with lads in and out of the team. We haven’t had a settled back four all season and there’s been changes in midfield too with some injuries and suspensions but whoever gets to play, they all do the job for the team.

"It’s the top three say Sean Maguire, Karl Sheppard and Stephen Dooley that haven’t changed so much at all this year. But we have lads that can inter-change and play in a variety of different positions and that’s one of our greatest strengths. 

"We have this togetherness and I think it’s unique to our squad,” said Bolger when he met the media this week.

“It’s been good to see the men in the middle like Gearoid Morrissey, Conor McCormack and Garry Buckley get among the goals and they have scored some real beauties. I am more of an assists man or knocking that 50 yard cross-field ball to someone’s feet but I must try and add a few goals to my repertoire. 

"We are encouraging the lads to shoot more when a chance presents itself or when a bit of space opens up in front of them but I can’t see myself reaching double figures,” joked Bolger.

“It’s great to be back in the team as I was out for a few weeks with injury. I am relishing it again and I love being a part of it here in Cork. 

"Sitting on the bench is not nice but then again you have to bide your time, keep the spirits up and wait for the chance to get back into the action. I have been playing that bit higher up the pitch and I played in that role when I was with St Pat’s too.  It’s not my best position but I am enjoying it and I am happy to play there,” he added.

Meanwhile, Cobh Ramblers take on Wexford on Friday night in St Colman's Park looking to get back to winning ways following their nil all draw with Waterford last weekend.

Stephen Henderson's men will be anxious to get back to winning ways and keep the pressure on Waterford at the top of the table.#

That game kicks off at 7.15pm.