CORK CITY manager Neale Fenn doesn’t feel that the Rebel Army can continue to use the excuse of being a new team as a justification for defeats.
City fell to a fourth SSE Airtricity League Premier Division loss in five games as Billy King’s goal gave St Patrick’s Athletic a 1-0 win at Richmond Park on Friday night. Fenn felt that there were encouraging signs from City, but knows that points are imperative.
“We can’t keep using the excuse that it’s a new team and they’re gelling,” he said.
“We needed a performance against Pat’s and I think that we did get it, I felt we were okay without being unbelievable.
“You’ve got to remember that we’re away to St Pats, who’ve had a bad start and are keen to do well at home. We were alright in the first half without being a major threat going forward.
“You have to be realistic – nobody wants to lose matches, nobody wants to lose a round of games, because you get too far behind everyone else.
“It’s not where Cork City should be as a club, it’s not where we want to be. It might not be what people want to hear but Pat’s are a good team, they’re going for a European spot, you can’t go gung-ho and look to outplay them from the start because they have good players.
“You try to be a little more cautious and try to get a result that way.”
That approach worked well to a degree, but a lapse in concentration ten minutes into the second half led to King’s goal.
“In the first half, considering it’s an away game in Dublin against a top team, I thought we did well,” Fenn said.
“We held our own and, without parking the bus, looked defensively sound and restricted them.
“In the second half, we knew we would have to weather a little bit of a storm, we knew they would come out stronger and better than what they had in the first half.
“They had a period of 15 or 20 minutes where they were on top and we conceded the goal in that period, which was very disappointing. It was just a lack of concentration and they got in.
“They had another few chances, they were riding high after the goal, but after that I felt we caused them a few problems. Obviously, they hadn’t won at home so they were getting a bit edgy and bit erratic at the back.
“We created a couple of chances and probably should have scored with better finishing. Again, I keep saying it every week, it’s something to build on — without being too down about it, I think we were good value for a draw.”