CORK CITY manager Neale Fenn is keen for the team to build on the momentum of last week’s first win of the season as the Rebel Army go to Richmond Park to face St Patrick’s Athletic (7.45pm).
Having beaten Finn Harps 1-0 at Turner’s Cross last Friday, City are off the bottom of the table and level with Pat’s and Waterford. However, Fenn isn’t concerned with the make-up of the table and is aware of the size of the challenge facing his side.
“Especially at this stage of the season, we’re not looking at tables or anything,” he says. "We’re just looking at picking up as many points as we can and how we can get the best result on the day, going up to places like Pat’s.
“Pat’s is going to be another difficult game, they’ve got a good squad there. Again, probably like ourselves, they’re finding their feet, Stephen O’Donnell probably hasn’t been able to field his favoured starting 11 just yet.
“They’ll be a very difficult team, we know that. We know what to expect, we know their game, we’ve spoken to the boys, so it’s going to be difficult.
“We’ll need a bit of luck again but after winning on Friday, it has given us the confidence to go up there and get a result.”
Last year’s top two, Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers, are the pace-setters again, albeit with Rovers on top after their win over the Lilywhites last week. Fenn accepts that they are out in front but he feels that there isn’t much between the rest.
“I think, if you look at it, there wasn’t much in our game against Shelbourne.
“They probably had the better chances but, in general play, there wasn’t a lot in it. They scored in the 87th minute and won the game, which is fine. Then we played Harps, again, probably not a lot in it.
“We haven’t played Sligo yet, we haven’t played Waterford yet, but just looking at the videos, Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers are ahead of everyone else, it’s fair to say.
“If you look at the game from Friday, it was high quality and the goals were fantastic. Like I said last week, let’s not get too down about losing to those teams, especially away, and we didn’t.
“We believed in what we were doing and we got the result on Friday but Pat’s are going to be difficult. They’ll be up there as well, looking to get into Europe.”