CORK CITY manager John Caulfield has reiterated the need for all supporters of the club to get behind the team and the players.
Having begun the season with losses to Dundalk in the President’s Cup and in the league opener against St Patrick’s Athletic last week, City play their first home Premier Division game on Friday, with Waterford visiting Turner’s Cross.
Caulfield feels that it will take time for new players to integrate into the team and wants patience and support from all fans.
“I think our supporters are very intelligent,” he said, “and I think they already understand.
“I think they’ve already seen, in the couple of games, that there’s a work in progress but the team have done well.
“You look at the second half against Dundalk, in the first half-hour against Pat’s we played really well. Second half, we had a lot of the ball but we didn’t create enough.
“I think our fans are intelligent and they understand that.
"Unfortunately, like everything else, you end up with a very small minority who maybe don’t understand the game as well or haven’t been following the club through thick and thin and don’t realise where we’re at and they’re acting like they act in England.
“The most important thing for us it to have a team that’s passionate and playing for the club, giving everything on the pitch.
"Once they do that, the overwhelming majority of our supporters understand that.
“It is disappointing if a very small minority are barracking some of our players, why would you do that?
"Are you a supporter if you start criticising our players during a game?
“We’re all here, there are no superstars on huge money and we all need to rope behind and support the guys.
"I do see and hear that there is a small fraction that’s critical towards some of the players and that is disappointing.
“We must take that out because that’s not Cork City, that’s not who we are.
"We’re all about pride in our club, pride in our city and we want to win every match, which we do.
"At the same time, if you start criticising a young lad after five or ten minutes, how can those guys progress?
“I think, from what I’ve seen and the reaction I’ve got, there’s tremendous support for this team and they will be there, but are there a few people saying other things?
"There are and we must try to stamp them out because that’s not the Cork City that I’ve followed for 30 years.”