Cork City boss Neale Fenn hopes to build on point earned away to Shels

Cork City boss Neale Fenn hopes to build on point earned away to Shels

Cork City manager Neale Fenn reacts to Alan Bennett’s injury away to Shels at the weekend. Picture: INPHO

AFTER a season in which Cork City have enjoyed little luck, manager Neale Fenn certainly wasn’t going to refuse the good fortune provided by Deshane Dalling’s equaliser against Shelbourne.

City moved off the bottom of the table with a draw and, given that Shelbourne had chances to move further ahead before the leveller, Fenn was satisfied with the outcome.

“I’m happy with a point, with the way the game went,” he said.

“We’d have liked to have come here and won, obviously, but the way the game panned out, we’re happy with the point and to get back on the road.

“When you’re down at the bottom of the table, you seem to think everything’s going against you so getting a goal in those circumstances is definitely a pick-me-up.

“We’ll take it any day of the week, those types of goals.”

Having fallen behind early on, City had a lot of possession for the rest of the first half but couldn’t break down a defensively disciplined Shelbourne. Playing 4-4-2 in the second half, they asked more questions but also found themselves allowing the Reds more attacking opportunities.

“It was a strange kind of game,” he said.

“We tried, or I tried, to probably be a bit too clever in the way we were trying to play and certainly I don’t think the pitch was conducive to that. It was very bobbly and obviously it was raining by the end of the game but at the start it was very dry and it was such a slow game.

“Obviously, they went 1-0 up and they were letting us have it at the back but they defend very well – Shamrock Rovers couldn’t break them down last week, so they’re very good at that. Once they went 1-0 up, it was very difficult for us.

“We needed to be a bit more direct, especially on a pitch like this. We couldn’t afford to lose possession and have them breaking on us. What happens then is that the game opens up in the second half and you’re too open.

“We rode our luck a little bit. Nults [Mark McNulty] pulled off some good saves and we got a goal back.”

The goalkeeper’s saves ensured that City stayed in the game before Dalling’s intervention and Fenn was impressed with how McNulty bounced back from the poor clearance that led to Shelbourne’s goal.

“Keepers have to, don’t they?” he said.

“They’re going to make mistakes but they just have to ride on with it.

“He made a mistake in the first half with a bad clearance but he made amends in the second half.”

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