CORK CITY manager Neale Fenn has full faith in veteran goalkeeper Mark McNulty, who is set to make his first league start in seven months as the Rebel Army take on St Patrick’s Athletic tomorrow night.
McNulty was chosen for Fenn’s first game in charge, against Sligo Rovers last August, but Tadhg Ryan was favoured thereafter, with new signing Liam Bossin given the nod for the first four games of this season.
However, an injury to Bossin just before half-time in last Friday’s win over Finn Harps meant that 39-year-old McNulty was called upon and he kept a clean sheet as City triumphed 1-0. With Bossin ruled out of the trip to Richmond Park, Fenn is happy to have McNulty to call on.
“It was always going to be the case that we might need him when it mattered,” he said.
“He brought a bit of experience, calmed the game down a little bit. He’s an excellent goalkeeper, he’s experienced at this level, so it’s good to have him.” City are following return-to-play guidelines with Bossin, but otherwise the manager has no new injury worries.
“Liam will be out for at least a week with the injury,” Fenn said, “there’s a protocol you have to go through with concussion, so we’re obviously managing that.
“It’s a couple of days of total rest for him but he’s ready to go again. He doesn’t remember much about the actual incident itself but he remembers everything after.
“He’s itching to get back training but we have to be careful, we need to err on the side of caution.
“Gearóid Morrissey has a couple of knocks but he should be okay for Friday,” he said.
“He got wiped out at one stage so he has a little bit of stiffness but he should be okay.” Getting that first win of the season has lifted some pressure, but Fenn is keen for the team to re-focus.
“You’re trying to bring the players back down again,” he said, “reminding them that it’s only one game that we’ve won and not to get carried away.
“Obviously, we were coming in for a lot of scrutiny with our performances and our results, so it was good to get the win. The boys felt really happy and it was one of the best atmospheres I’ve experienced at the Cross, even though the results had been going a certain way.
“It was great to get the result in front of The Shed, it was really noisy and it was brilliant.”