CORK CITY manager John Caulfield is looking for improvement at both ends of the field as the Rebel Army travel to Sligo Rovers tonight seeking their first points of the season.
Losses to St Patrick’s Athletic and Waterford mean City have started with two defeats for the first time since 2012, but Caulfield has seen flashes of promise in the games so far and wants the team to put in a display for the full game.
The loan signing of striker Dan Smith from Portsmouth is expected today and Caulfield believes that he and another player on loan, Liam Nash, will help City to get scoring again after failing to net from play so far this season.
“It’s over 90 minutes and giving that performance,” he says.
“As well as that, we haven’t kept a clean sheet either and we’re always very good at that.
“We’ve given a few opportunities away, so it would be fantastic if we could go up and keep a clean sheet, because I know we will score.
“We are creating chances and we’re working hard in training, some of the boys are maybe lacking a little bit of confidence.
“That will happen and I feel that with Liam Nash and Dan Smith coming in, they give us more options and that’s what we need.”
Defender Alan Bennett will miss out after being forced off against Waterford with a hamstring injury, with Gearóid Morrissey and Shane Griffin facing fitness tests after being unavailable on Friday.
Sligo, under new manager Liam Buckley, began with a draw away to Dundalk and lost at home to St Pat’s on Friday. Caulfield expects a tricky assignment.
“Sligo is always a difficult challenge,” he says, “the games are always very tight up there.
“We know we need to play very well, obviously we know we need to score, so it’s a very, very difficult game.
"That’s the way the league is this year, for a lot of teams, there isn’t a lot between them and on the night, you just need to hit form.
“A lot of the games between us have been draws, yes, we have won a few up there, but they go to the wire.”