HAVING not won their previous two home games, against Waterford and Derry City, Cork City got their first home win of the season on Friday as they beat Bohemians 2-0.
Man of the match was City midfielder Conor McCormack and, while he says the team wasn’t under pressure, he felt that victory was necessary.
“I wouldn’t say pressure,” he says, “we were just disappointed.
“I thought we played well against Derry, we were unlucky not to win. Unfortunately, against Waterford, we just below the bar that we usually set ourselves.
“We usually have high standards and we want to win every game, unfortunately, we hadn’t done that yet at home. There was a good statement from us on Friday and it was a good all-round performance.
“We knew that it was going to be hard against Bohs, they’ve had a couple of good results, but we always knew that we had it in us if we got our act together.
“We had the crowd behind us and it was a good night.”
With Bohs unbeaten before the game, four points ahead of City, it was a big test.
“It’s always a tough game against them,” McCormack says.
“We found that the last game we played up there against them, in the FAI Cup semi-final last year. Even before that, they beat us up there.
“It’s always tough games against them but we knew if we stuck to the gameplan, that we had worked on all week, that we’d be capable of winning and thankfully we did.
“It was good to be shooting into the Shed End and putting them under pressure. Thankfully, we were able to get the early goal and held on to the lead.”
The Louth native’s all-action midfield display earned him the man of the match award but he was keen to point out that it was a collective effort.
“I was happy,” he says.
“I do set myself high standards and expect to play well every game, I’d be disappointed in myself if I don’t.
“I think I got my job done well and thankfully all of the boys did too. Everybody chipped in and we got our goals and it was an all-round good performance from us.”
City have no league game this weekend, with the scheduled clash against UCD having been postponed due to international call-ups. Instead, they will face Midleton in the Munster Senor Cup final, with the Dundalk game next up on March 29.
McCormack is happy of the chance to recharge.
“The games come thick and fast,” he says. “We had a heavy schedule the last few weeks, going away to Finn Harps and being away to Sligo Rovers on a Monday night before that.
“It does take its toll on us but we were delighted to come out with the wins away from home.
“We’ll have a bit of a rest now, I’d say John will change it up on Friday night and get us flying fit for Dundalk and we’ll be ready for them.”