Fenn: Improved performance at Harps shows Cork City can avoid relegation

Fenn: Improved performance at Harps shows Cork City can avoid relegation

Kit Elliott of Cork City in action against Ryan Connolly of Finn Harps last weekend. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

WHILE Sunday’s SSE Airtricity League Premier Division draw with Finn Harps felt like two points lost for Cork City, manager Neale Fenn was able to take some consolation from the improved performance and feels that the team showed their fighting spirit.

City drew 1-1 in Ballybofey with Raffaele Cretaro scoring a late equaliser after Dylan McGlade had put City ahead. The result keeps City a point behind Ollie Horgan’s side at the bottom of the table but the overall display was far better than the 3-0 home loss to Shamrock Rovers two weeks beforehand.

Fenn accepted that it was a game City could and should have won, but there were some positives.

“To be fair, we had to defend in the last 10 or 15 minutes and we defended well, but, it’s a disappointing goal to concede,” he said.

“We didn’t weather that period well enough and we lost our way a little bit, started doing our own individual things having worked well as a team up to that point, we had looked quite solid.

“It’s disappointing but, again, it’s a point on the road and it’s a performance that’s certainly better than our last one.

“The players do want to play for the jersey — they’ve got a lot of criticism, people saying they’ve given up. I don’t think that Sunday showed that.

“Everybody worked hard and believed in what we were doing and they’re determined to keep us up.”

Having gone ahead, Fenn wanted to see City push on but instead the team retreated, meaning that Harps came at them.

“I think, after being 1-0 up, we’re obviously disappointed that we didn’t go on to win it,” Fenn said.

“I thought we looked a bit nervy, a bit panicky, once we went 1-0 up. We invited too much pressure and we didn’t keep the ball well enough.

“We created a good few chances in the first half — don’t get me wrong, they did as well, but I just felt that we scored when we were on top and we should have gone for the jugular then.

“We sat in a bit too deep and that brought pressure from them.”

Bottom with six games left, City will look to pick up points in their next game, at home to St Patrick’s Athletic on Saturday (5pm) and Fenn still believes that they can avoid the drop.

“We’re one point off Finn Harps, obviously, and you never know,” he said.

“We’re playing St Pat’s at home next week — they had a good result on Saturday, but they hadn’t been in the greatest run of form before that. We just have to keep fighting.”

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