City hoping to have key defenders available for Bohs at the Cross

City hoping to have key defenders available for Bohs at the Cross

Seán McLoughlin is due back from injury. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

DEFENDERS Alan Bennett and Seán McLoughlin could be back in contention for Cork City’s home clash with Bohemians on Friday night.

Club captain Bennett was forced off in the defeat to Waterford, at Turner’s Cross, three weeks ago, while McLoughlin had to retire during the draw with Derry City, a week later, but City manager, John Caulfield, is hopeful that one or both may be passed fit, while winger Karl Sheppard is a lesser worry.

“Alan Bennett is back in training and Seán McLoughlin’s back in,” he said.

“We just have to assess them over the next couple of days. Shepp got a knock against Finn Harps, so we just have to take a look at him.

“Other than that, most of the lads are okay.”

City remain in search of their first home league goals, having lost 2-0 to Waterford, before the scoreless draw with Derry. They come in on the back of three games without defeat, though, having won away to Sligo Rovers and then enjoying a 4-3 victory at Finn Harps last Friday.

The Rebel Army will aim to get a first home win against a Bohs side second in the table and still unbeaten, but Caulfield doesn’t believe that the situation, or the fact that it’s at the Cross, adds extra pressure.

“I keep saying this, managing a club like Cork City, the pressure is huge,” he says.

“We’ve had phenomenal days and fantastic days over the last number of years, people are aware that there are a lot of changes but you have to try to hit the ground running as quickly as possible.

“I feel that we’re beginning to do that over the last few weeks, even the last home performance against Derry, you can’t say in the last half-hour that we didn’t deserve to win the match, we were all over them and created a few chances but probably didn’t do enough to score.

“From that point of view, it’s been disappointing, because our home form has been phenomenal for five years, we’ve been electric at home, really.

“It’s been a shock but, after the first two games, we hadn’t won a match, we’ve turned that around and we’ve two wins away from home.

“We need to get things right at home and get things right on Friday, we haven’t scored at home. Going to Finn Harps last week, we’d only scored two goals in the first four matches and then we got four on Friday so hopefully that might augur well for us!”

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