Caulfield: City can stop this league slump

Caulfield: City can stop this league slump
Cork City manager John Caulfield speaking to Garry Buckley. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

CORK CITY manager John Caulfield insists that his side can turn things around and stop their slump in form.

played out a drab 0-0 draw with Sligo Rovers on Monday and their search for a first league win since March 15 goes on.

That was a 2-0 success over Bohemians, which is probably hard to believe given Keith Long side’s form and their position in the table behind leaders Shamrock Rovers.

During this testing spell for Caulfield and City, they’ve lost four out of six league games and they face a tough trip to a rejuvenated Derry City on Friday.

Speaking ahead of the clash in the Brandywell, Caulfield outlined what the players are doing to put things right and how desperate they are to stop the rot.

“We are positive. The management are working every day. The team are working hard and they are all great young fellas. At the moment, we haven’t won in a couple of games. You just need a win to get confidence going.

“You could see against Sligo, some lads maybe lacked a bit of confidence. But the effort and the way they are going about things, they are desperately trying to turn things around.

“Against Waterford on Friday, first half I thought we were very good. But it is all about scoring goals. As soon as we can get a couple of goals and win a match, I think our confidence will be back.

“Is there any day someone could say they didn’t try for this club? Absolutely not because they are a brilliant bunch of lads.”

The game in Derry is the latest battle for City in what is a busy month. Following that, there is another midweek league game, at home to Finn Harps.

Caulfield feels the excessive amount of Monday games is something which needs to be looked at next season and beyond because it can have a bad impact on crowds across the league.

“We all agree that the schedule is too hectic. None of us wants midweek matches because it affects revenue and it impacts our crowds.

“But at the moment, that is where it is at until there is a league change or a league format change.”

City, meanwhile have announced that they will play Ringmahon Rangers in a friendly to help raise money for the Zac Higgins Appeal Fund.

The game will be played on Sunday, May 12 at 12pm in Ringmahon Park.

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