CORK CITY assistant manager John Cotter remains positive that the Rebel Army can arrest the worrying slide in form as they host Finn Harps at Turner’s Cross tonight (7.45pm).
Friday’s 2-0 loss at Derry City made it seven straight games without a win in the league for City, a run stretching back to March 15, when they beat Bohemians.
With Harps bottom of the table and City having won 4-3 at Ballybofey in March, Cotter is optimistic that the team will respond.
“We just need to react again on Monday,” he said.
“That’s the good thing about games coming thick and fast, you’ve no time to feel sorry for yourself. Everyone knows we need to do better, hopefully we can rectify that, go out and put in a good performance and get three points.
“I’d rather focus on the positives, get fellas going for the game and put right the things that haven’t been going our way for the last few weeks.
“That’s the main thing, we just need to pick ourselves up.” Despite the poor run of form, Cotter maintains that the mood in the camp remains upbeat.
“The atmosphere has been fairly good, to be fair,” he said.
“You try to stay as positive as you can, you have to. Obviously, coming home on the bus the other night was fairly quiet, the journey doesn’t help, but that’s part of it too.
“We’ve a lot of experienced lads in there and guys who have gone through something like this previously. They’ve been helping out with the younger lads and everyone is positive, to be fair.
“When you win things, you don’t get too carried away and when you’re down, when it’s like this, you have to keep a level head on it and that’s what we’ve been trying to do.”
City will be without Conor McCormack, sent off in Derry, while Dan Casey misses out after picking up five bookings and Garry Comerford has been given an extra game after his red card against UCD a fortnight ago.
“It’s not ideal, but you have to take that too,” Cotter said.
“It’s pointless me moaning about that, that’s football, these things happen to every team. You just put faith in the lads that will be playing and concentrate on them.
“Everyone knows results haven’t been good enough, I can understand fans’ frustrations, but this is a chance to put things right.
“Everyone’s fighting for the same thing and that’s what we need.”