UNFORTUNATELY, for Cork City, Monday evening’s clash with Sligo Rovers at Turner’s Cross brought more of the frustration which has characterised much of the season.
Despite having the better of the second half and forcing a number of chances, City were left drawing a blank in a scoreless draw.
It leaves them in seventh place, with 12 points from as many games and John Caulfield was left ruing the failure to find the net – the third time in six home games and sixth overall.
“To be fair to Liam and Sligo, it was obvious from the start that they’d take the point if they could,” he said.
“It wouldn’t have been what we’d call the Liam Buckley-type teams that we’d have known over the years, playing from the back and opening you up.
“They scrapped and they fought and to be fair to Sligo, they deserved a point and they fought to the end but it was obvious as the game went on that they were happy to take the point.
“From our point of view, it was up to us to score, that’s what we have to do. On Monday, we didn’t do that again and that was disappointing.”
City might have taken victory in the final ten minutes, when sub Darragh Rainsford got on the end of a Shane Griffin delivery.
A brilliant touch gave him space but his shot was blocked by the face of Sligo goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney.
“He was unlucky,” Caulfield said.
“He did brilliantly, he came in around the back post and it looked like he was going to slot it in but Beeney made a very good save.
“That’s just the way it is, I think the main thing is that the supporters that would have seen the team over the last number of weeks can see that they’re doing everything in their power to get a result.
“They’re a united bunch, we’re creating a few chances but we’re not taking them and that’s frustrating them at the moment.”
In the first half, Sligo had the better chances, with former City man Ronan Coughlan going close more than once.
Incidentally, Limerick native Coughlan was joined by Donegal’s John Dunleavy, who received a great reception on his return to Turner’s Cross.
City didn’t create a lot before half-time, with the play often ponderous. Caulfield knows that injecting confidence is vital.
“Maybe there was a bit of frustration from the sidelines towards the players and that can be difficult,” he said.
“At the same time, they did everything, they tried their best, at the moment we’re just not scoring.
“Graham had one in the first half, he was straight through and he put it over the crossbar, in the second half he had one in the air that he headed at Beeney whereas he normally would have stuck it.
“Then you have Darragh’s one, it was that type of game, we had a few chances and just needed one to go in but it just didn’t happen.
"That’s what’s frustrating about that.”