CORK CITY remain without a competitive win in 2019 after Bastien Héry and Zak Elbouzedi scored as Waterford triumphed at Turner’s Cross last night.
For the first time since 2012, City have begun a Premier Division campaign with two straight defeats.
With Kevin O’Connor’s free-kick against Dundalk in the President’s Cup the only goal scored, the Rebel Army has yet to register from open play and manager John Caulfield is aware of the need to improve.
City lie second last in the table, with only UCD below them on goal difference.
“We’re disappointed, obviously,” he said.
“Waterford started the game well and there was an edginess and a nerviness about our team.
"Maybe it was the first home game, but certainly, what we planned to work on and the work we had done during the week, we didn’t carry it out.
“Mark made a very good save early on and they were dominating, but Matt Connor made a good save from Kevin O’Connor coming up to half-time.
"It was a sickener going in one down but in the second half we did well, we had a lot of possession and created a few chances, but scoring is difficult for us at the moment.
“I keep saying that there are no easy games and you can’t be feeling sorry for yourself.
"The lads need to work hard, which they are doing, and we need to score a goal, which is where we’re at at the moment.”
City face a trip to face Sligo Rovers on Monday night and Caulfield believes that the team must cope with the pressure.
“You have [Seán] McLoughlin, [Conor] McCarthy, [Ronan] Hurley, [Dan] Casey coming in, Dáire O’Connor, young James Tilley, they’re all around 21 and you have a big crowd tonight, there’s a bit of pressure on and that’s the test,” he said.
“These guys will do great and they’re smashing lads and they’re working hard.
"It’s one thing in training, working hard when there’s no pressure on you, it’s a different thing out there.
"I keep saying that they’re doing everything, leaving it all out on the pitch, doing their best.
“We can’t score a goal at the moment but you just move on, we have to work on these things.”
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