Caulfield: City are on a learning curve

CORK CITY manager John Caulfield has faith that things will turn for his team after a slow start to 2019, but he knows that it’s important that no panic sets in.

“That’s probably belief in themselves, belief in the management, keeping things going,” he said.

“A lot of the guys are young and haven’t played in an environment like this. 

"It’s a huge learning curve and that’s the difference between where you have a team that’s been there year in and year out, having that cuteness or basically knowing, if you lose a game, how to bounce back.

“They’re great and they’re enthusiastic, we have to keep working and keep encouraging them and that’s what we’ll do.

“At the moment, do we lack a bit of experience? 

"We do, but it’ll come.”

Having gone behind in first-half injury time, City brought on Garry Comerford to try to limit the impact of Bastien Héry as they looked to get back into the game.

“The message is to tear into the game and get the ball wide,” Caulfield said.

“Obviously, Dáire O’Connor did much better in the second half and James Tilley did well, Liam Nash came on and he had a good chance and a second one where he possibly could have put in Tilley.

“It’s difficult because they hadn’t played games with a while, people can say that we’ve created a few chances but we haven’t scored. 

"That’s frustrating but we have to move on to Monday night, there are no easy days.”

Gearóid Morrissey, a late withdrawal before the game against St Patrick’s Athletic last week, wasn’t passed fit but Caulfield hopes the midfielder will be available for Monday’s trip to Sligo Rovers.

“We’ll assess him,” he said.

“He was close but he wasn’t ready, if the game was next Friday, I’d say definitely.

“It’s frustrating because he’s a huge player and an experienced player. If he’s out, he’s out, you just have to get on and someone else comes in and the lads have done well.”

Alan Bennett, forced off in the second half, won’t play in Sligo, but Shane Griffin, who missed the game, could be back.

“Alan tightened up his hamstring, he felt it a little bit at him,” Caulfield said.

“Looking at the scenario with Alan’s age, I would say he’ll definitely miss Monday night.

“Shane got a knock at training and again it’s one of those where you weigh up the risk. 

"I’d certainly hope he’s back by next Friday, Monday I’m not sure yet.”

 

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