CORK CITY captain Gearoid Morrissey has admitted he is hurt by his side’s disappointing start to the season, but he has called for patience as the club look to put it right.
City have opened the new campaign with three defeats from three games against Shelbourne, Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk while they have also conceded ten goals and scored zero in the process.
"It's extremely hard to take and it hurts you," said Morrissey.
"We're coming up here (Dundalk) to try our best to implement some things and come out with our heads held high whereas before we were coming up here to try and win.
"It's tough, it's really tough at the moment.
"You look at Shamrock Rovers, the patience that was shown for three seasons with Stephen (Bradley) and it's only coming right now.
"I wouldn't mind, they had the financial backing then too.
"Should we be here?
"Probably not, but we are. We've got to roll with the punches and see what we can do.
“It's easy to say 'Cork are crap' and laugh us off and stuff like that but we're in a place now where we are all trying to gel together, to get our act together.
"I'am full of confidence that we will click and get it right but for now we are just learning.
"We need to be shown patience and support.
"The main core of people that support us, they are behind us, they knew what the season was going to entail.
"We've a job on our hands and all we can do is give 110 percent.”
City will need that support on Friday night as they face Finn Harps at Turner’s Cross in a crucial match in their bid to avoid relegation.