Cork City need to remain calm and composed in battle against relegation

Cork City need to remain calm and composed in battle against relegation

Cork City manager Neale Fenn ahead of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division at Finn Park in Ballybofey. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

CORK CITY manager Neale Fenn hopes that upcoming home games can help the team get back on track in terms of points targets set before the second half of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division season.

With nine games remaining, the team and management set targets by dividing the matches into three groups of three.

Draws away to Shelbourne and Finn Harps, as well as a home defeat to Shamrock Rovers, left them with two points from the first trio, with the next mini-section starting at home to St Patrick’s Athletic on Saturday evening.

After that, City are away to Bohemians and then at home to Dundalk.

When asked if nine points from the team’s remaining six games would be enough to stay up, Fenn revealed that the target is higher than that.

“We’ve gone for a little bit higher than that,” he said.

“If another team puts a couple of wins together, it’ll be higher than that, but the points target we set at the start, we’re a little bit behind that now so we need to catch that up over the next three games.

“Two of them are at home and we feel that we’re equipped now, with the players we have available, to get results home and away.”

They did get an acceptable result on Sunday, drawing 1-1 at Harps, albeit after taking the lead. Fenn hopes that the team can build on that on Saturday.

“We looked at it as a positive,” he said.

“A lot of people probably thought we’d get beaten, that we had no fight in us, but I think we showed that we did.

“We played well in the first half and created a few chances, we probably should have scored one or two of them.

“Then, after taking the lead, it was disappointing that we couldn’t see it out and take all three points. When you’re at the bottom and you go 1-0 up and there are 20 minutes left, you get a bit nervy. We didn’t keep the ball well enough. In any game, the opposition are going to have a period where you have to weather the storm a bit and we didn’t.

“I think it’s a positive result though, it gives us a bit of confidence going into the Pat’s game.”

Ultimately, the important thing is that team and management remain calm and composed.

“I think football’s always like that,” Fenn said, “there’s never a good time for panic.

“We’ve seen with the most consistent team at the moment, Shamrock Rovers, it’s just the same thing every week.

“The same players are trying to do things consistently. Down the bottom, we’re struggling to put the same team out every week and when we’ve managed to get the team out that’s our strongest or close to our strongest, we’ve done okay.

“That’s what we’re going for now and hopefully we steer clear of injuries and suspensions for the six games and have a good go at it.”

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