WITH four points after four games of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division season, Cork City remain closer to the bottom of the table than the top.
However, a draw between leaders Bohemians and Waterford at the RSC means that the Gypsies are on 10 points and predictions of a more compacted league this season look likely to materialise.
In that regard, the 0-0 draw City had at home to Derry City on Friday could be seen as two points dropped, but attacker Karl Sheppard believes that the team aren’t far away from clicking.
“We’ve no concerns,” he says.
“You can see we're doing a lot of things right. Every game has been pretty much close. The only game I think we were disappointed in properly was Waterford, we probably should have done a bit better.
“But in all the other games we've given a good account of ourselves. I don't know how many half-chances we had tonight but on another day they go in and you're happy out. On Friday, it wasn't to be.
“We started the first ten or 15 minutes good and then we just sort of died off. It wasn't really a Cork performance in the first half. In the second half, we threw the kitchen sink at them and had a few close chances, but we probably should have played a bit better in the first half to pile the pressure on them.”
With Liam Nash, James Tilley, Dáire O’Connor, Dan Smith and Darragh Rainsford all having joined, City’s forward division is in a state of flux as players get used to each other, but Sheppard doesn’t feel that that can be used as an excuse.
“There are a lot of changes from the last couple of years,” he says, “but we're sort of used to that by now, with new players coming in every year.
“It takes time to gel. You could see in little glimpses that it's coming together. It's just about making the whole team click for 90 minutes.”
There was at least some consolation on Friday as City kept a first clean sheet in the league.
“We were saying before the game,” Sheppard says, “‘a clean sheet and we should win the game,’ but it wasn't to be. You could see we're all working really hard but it's maybe about gelling together a bit more and hopefully clicking.
“We have a full week to work on it this week. It's tough with the Friday-Monday-Friday games, especially out on that pitch.
“We want people to have high expectations. We have them of ourselves. It's disappointing. We did well but just didn't do enough on the night.”