Cork City have to start winning with the threat of relegation looming

Cork City have to start winning with the threat of relegation looming
Graham Cummins of Cork City celebrates a goal. He's now back at the club as a defender. Picture: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

IT'S not how we hoped the re-start would happen, behind closed doors but thankfully League of Ireland football is back and I am looking forward to seeing Cork City in action against Bohs.

It's difficult to predict what form City will be in or what team Fenn will start with. What impact has the break made to the squad? Will it have given players like Alec Byrne, Rob Slevin and the other U19 players a chance to get their heads around what's expected of them at this level?

It will be interesting to see how playing behind closed doors will suit the team? And again, especially the younger players. Will they be less nervous? More expressive? Will the lack of atmosphere be a positive or a negative for the team?

There's not much room for negativity in the squad though and based on their form before the break in the season, it was evident they had a lot of work to do. Scoring goals was their main problem so let's hope they brought in someone during the transfer window with a nose for goal. 

Graham Cummins is back at the club and there are mixed feelings about this signing. Being brought back as a centre-half wasn't what anybody expected. One wonders what role Alan Bennett will now play in the squad?

I've watch some of their friendlies and I am excited to see more of Corey Galvin. He looked a threat going forward, very confident and composed on the ball and is someone I feel who can bring on the younger players around him.

Going back before the disruptions, with City having only one win from their opening five games of the season, the pressure is now on Fenn and his side to perform against a very good Bohs side.

Bohs come to Cork full of confidence with nine points from 15. They have scored six while conceded three in comparison to City scoring one and conceding 11. 

Fenn said at an earlier press conference that it's time to stop saying they are a 'new team'. He is right. There is no excuse for losing.

Cork City's Gearoid Morrissey and Donal Higgins of Galway United battle for the ball. Picture:  INPHO/Laszlo Geczo
Cork City's Gearoid Morrissey and Donal Higgins of Galway United battle for the ball. Picture:  INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

I did say after the first game of the season that this team are a work in progress and they’re going to need seven or eight games to see how good they are and I hope now after their recent few friendlies, the team have now adjusted. 

Yes, we all agree they are a young side, however I do believe there is still plenty of talent, and surprisingly enough they don't seem to be outplayed physicality wise. So let's hope once they can establish a striker, that the goals will come and from there, build confidence within the squad.

This is the start of a busy period for City. Bohs at home, Waterford away next week and then home to Sligo. These are vital games that will define their season. City need at least six points from those games if they are to avoid relegation.

Bohs under Keith Long will a tough and organised side. They’ve had a great start to the season and they will be confident to keep that form going tonight with a result against City.

However I do think City will be up for the challenge. They need to be. They will know the importance of avoiding defeat. It is important that City can match Bohs' physicality is as they are a big strong side and City need to play at a high tempo and get ball behind Bohs often. 

I feel if they can do this, they could snatch something from this game.

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