CORK City head coach Neale Fenn admits that it is taking longer than he had hoped to put his stamp on the team.
The Rebel Army have lost four and drawn one of Fenn’s first five games in charge, leaving them still in danger of ending up in a promotion/relegation play-off.
They lead Finn Harps, who are ninth in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, by seven points and a win over Bohemians tomorrow night in Dalymount Park could secure safety, but Fenn acknowledges that change takes time.
“I’m conscious that I want to change or putting my style on the way I want us to play,” he says, “but conscious of the fact that we need results and that we don’t want to concede and that we need the players to play and we want to put in a few young players.
“A lot of things go into the mix rather than just trying to get a result, there are a lot of things we’re trying to plan for next season as well.
“We’re trying to change the style a bit, for want of a better word. There are a lot of things going into it and it is going to take time.”
City have failed to score in their last three games, losing 4-0 away to Derry City last Friday after a scoreless draw at home to Harps and a 1-0 loss at Dundalk prior to that.
Fenn is naturally keen to put that right against third-placed Bohs.
“It is frustrating,” he said.
“Goals win games and you could see that from the Derry game last week.
“There was nothing in it up to the 41st minute and then a long throw, a set-piece and they nick a goal and score another after that.
“It’s disappointing but in the second I felt that we were the team that looked like we were going to score the next goal, we hit the bar and unfortunately it didn’t break for us.
“We’re not getting the breaks, we missed a penalty against Finn Harps that would have won us that game so it is frustrating but we’re working on it and we hope to put it right on Friday.
“It’s massive for us, we’re not worried about what Bohs do but we know that Finn Harps play UCD and if they beat them and we lose to Bohs, they’re four points behind us.
“That’s not a position we want to be so we’re going to go up there and try to beat Bohs and hope other results go our way.”