City need a good start at the Cross to get the crowd behind them

City need a good start at the Cross to get the crowd behind them

Cork City's Daire O'Connor goes past Waterford's Shane Duggan. O'Connor, a recruit from UCD, has been a real bright spark this season. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

A GOOD start is considered a key ingredient as Cork City look to claim their first home win of the season tonight.

Derry City are the visitors to Turner’s Cross for a 7.45pm kick-off and City assistant manager John Cotter is keen to see a positive outlook from the off in front of the Rebel Army faithful.

“Absolutely, in front of our own supporters, who’ve been brilliant, to be honest,” he says.

“It’s just a matter of getting out a good crowd and coming out of the blocks and starting the game well.

“We started well the other night, we got the first goal, which was huge. Hopefully on Friday, we’ll be looking to do the same.

“We have to come flying out and stamp out authority on the game and hopefully get ahead.

“When we start games and we’re on the front foot, we generally win, so that’s where we need to improve. In the last two home games, against Dundalk and Waterford, we didn’t start well and it took until the second half to get going.

“Hopefully, from the first whistle, we can get at them.” 

Gearóid Morrissey, a goalscorer in Monday’s win away to Sligo Rovers, is the main injury worry as he nurses a dead leg. Cotter is keen to make sure that nobody takes anything for granted after picking up the first points of the season at the Showgrounds.

“You have to follow it up with a win on Friday,” he says, “otherwise, last Monday will mean nothing, to be honest.

“Friday’s another huge game, in front of our own fans after last Friday, when we didn’t perform to our best.

“Hopefully, we can go out Friday and get another three points.”

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