Cork City boss says it’ll be a battle to avoid relegation but they have quality

Cork City boss says it’ll be a battle to avoid relegation but they have quality
Cork City manager Neale Fenn on the sideline against Bohs. Picture: INPHO/Bryan Keane

WHILE Cork City manager Neale Fenn admits that the Rebel Army are in a relegation battle, he remains optimistic that the team can move away from the bottom of the table.

City returned to SSE Airtricity League Premier Division action yesterday evening with a 1-0 defeat to Bohemians at Turner’s Cross, a result which, coupled with Sligo Rovers’ 2-0 win over Derry City on Friday night, means that they are bottom.

Fenn accepts that the current picture could be healthier but he isn’t downbeat.

“If you look at the points we’ve got and the games we’ve won and lost, it would tell you that we’re in for a battle but I think we’ve got the quality here to get out of it,” he says.

“A couple of wins gets you up the table. We can’t worry about other teams winning or losing, that’s going to happen all season. If you pulled your hair out every time another team got a positive result and we didn’t, I’d have less hair than what I have now.

“I think that we just have to concentrate on ourselves. For parts of the game, we weren’t good enough but for other parts we were. We saw enough to be confident going into next week.”

Andre Wright’s fourth-minute goal for Bohemians proved to be the winner and put City on the back foot from the off.

“The biggest disappointment was that we conceded so early,” Fenn said.

“We spoke during the week, and during the lockdown, about needing to get a good start. It was such a poor goal to concede, it changes the complexion of the game and gives them confidence.

“We get a bit edgy, not wanting to concede two goals and for a good part of the game we were edgy and not good enough in possession.

“We made a couple of changes with 20 minutes to go and looked a lot better, looked to me like the team most likely to score at the end.”

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