Cotter wants to turn confidence into momentum after City earn first league points

Cotter wants to turn confidence into momentum after City earn first league points
Cork assistant manager John Cotter. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

GEARÓID MORRISSEY is the main injury worry for Cork City ahead of tomorrow night’s Premier Division clash with Derry City at Turner’s Cross.

Midfielder Morrissey made his first league start in Monday’s 2-1 win over Sligo Rovers, scoring the second goal, having been out with a hamstring problem. A dead leg in the victory at the Showgrounds makes him a concern, with captain Alan Bennett still out after being forced off in last Friday’s loss to Waterford.

City assistant manager John Cotter hopes Morrissey can be passed fit.

“Obviously, Benno still has a knock,” he says. “Gearóid picked up a dead leg, so he’s struggling a bit. It’s a case of monitoring it.

“I’d be more confident about Gearóid, to be honest, and obviously, Graham’s groin from the other night, too, so fingers crossed that that clears up as well. Matthew Gillam is still out as well.” 

Having lost to St Patrick’s Athletic and then Waterford, as well as to Dundalk in the President’s Cup, Monday’s win brought relief for City, but Cotter doesn’t necessarily feel they were under extra pressure.

“No, you’re under pressure for every game,” he says, “you have to win every week.

“We put ourselves under that pressure, we demand it, we try to go out to win every game.

“It was no different to any other week but it was a much-needed performance, a great win and a great performance from a lot of the boys as well.

“It was very pleasing that way. You could see the difference straight away in the dressing room afterwards, it makes the bus journey a lot easier on the way home as well.

“Confidence is obviously a huge thing, there are a lot of young lads in there as well and it plays a huge part at all levels. Hopefully, they take that confidence and build a bit of momentum.” 

Despite the result in Sligo, a first clean sheet remains elusive and that’s something they want to put right.

“Obviously, over the last five years, going into the sixth year, we’ve always kept clean sheets,” Cotter says.

“Even though it was a great three points, Mark McNulty was disappointed in the dressing room afterwards with the goal we had conceded, as was everyone else.

“It’s something we’ll try to rectify and keep more clean sheets as we go along. It’s definitely something we’ll be looking at.”

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