CORK CITY manager Neale Fenn hopes that an honest discussion between the team and management will draw a line under Saturday’s disappointing home loss to Shamrock Rovers and bring about an improvement against Dundalk on Sunday.
City went down 3-0 to the Hoops at Turner’s Cross and they will hope to bounce back against the champions – if the game goes ahead, as victory for Dundalk against Inter d’Escaldes in the Europa League on Thursday would see a postponement.
Nevertheless, Fenn is satisfied that his grievances were communicated to the players.
“Obviously, it was a disappointing result but an even more disappointing performance,” he said.
“We have a lot of work to do, there were a lot of truths told there this morning at training, so hopefully now we’ll be set for Sunday.
“I think, apart from the players saying what they felt we wanted to hear, it was a time when we could get things off our chests and myself and Joe certainly did that,” he said.
“The players will hopefully respond to that in a positive way – it’s not meant to be said to them in any bad way, it’s just we’re Cork City, we can’t go down and we’re in a relegation scrap.
“We need to do more, far more, than what we did on Saturday.”
And, while there is pressure with City’s current position at the foot of the table, Fenn is optimistic that things will turn.
“It’s a difficult period for the club and the team,” he said.
“We have to be real about it. We’ve got a few injuries and, once they’re back – and it’s no disrespect to the boys that are playing – it’ll make us stronger and we’re not going to be playing Shamrock Rovers every week.
“They’re a very good team and at the next level to us at the moment. It’s hard to say and it’s hard to take and it’s still no excuse for the way we performed on Saturday, because we should have been better and harder to beat.
“But, there aren’t many teams who’ll be able to do what they did to us.” Should Dundalk win against their Andorran opponents on Thursday, City would be left without a game.
“It’s not ideal for us but I think it’s been used in the past by the club,” Fenn said.
“Obviously, all the clubs in Europe have that benefit of not having to play and we have to get on with it.
“The game would have to be put in somewhere else and, at the moment, the schedule is not bad for us in terms of time between matches.
“It’s not ideal but we’ll deal with it.”