STEVEN BEATTIE doesn’t want to experience anything like last Friday’s defeat to Bohemians again.
Cork City lost 4-2 at Dalymount Park having conceded all four goals in the first half, leaving themselves six points behind Dundalk with a game more played.
“Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong,” he says.
“At this level, if you’re not up for the game, you get found out and get punished. It happens so rarely, but I know myself and everybody else out there was embarrassed by the performance.
“Embarrassed for the club, embarrassed for the management, embarrassed for ourselves, it just wasn’t good enough. Every mistake we made seemed to get punished and it was just one of those nights.
“You can’t hide, you have to come back out for the second half and be brave, get back on the ball and try to win the second half and do yourself proud. In fairness to the lads, we could have thrown in the towel and rolled over and got done for a few more goals.
“We didn’t do that, we came out and scored a goal, I’m not sure if you can take anything from a 4-2 defeat but we did show a good attitude in the second half.
“Again, the first half was a shambles from all the players and that’s collectively as a group. There was nobody at it.”
And is it possible to say what it was that caused it?
“You can’t really pinpoint it because it was everything,” Beattie says.
“If it was just one or two things, you’d say that you could deal with but I’m 30 years of age and I’ve never experienced anything like it in my life.
“It was a mad feeling, everyone is like that but, in fairness to Bohs, I thought they were very good.
“I’d give them credit, but we were very poor at the same time. We’ll move on to Friday now.”
Friday is of course the clash with Dundalk at Turner’s Cross – does Beattie still believe that the title race is still alive?
“You have to have that mentality and we always will,” he says.
“We never throw in the towel, especially down here. The players John has are fighters, we might be down now but, come Friday, we’ll be ready to get back on our feet and give Dundalk a good game, especially at Turner’s Cross.
“We just want to get the feeling back of being formidable at Turner’s Cross, it’s just not right at the moment, players, fans, everything, and we all have to come together and get that right as a group.”
In that sense, the Lilywhites are the best possible opponents.
“Absolutely, yeah,” Beattie says.
“The two best teams in the league for the last four years, we’re contesting leagues and cups.
“Dundalk are a very good team but so are we, people are very quick to forget that, so we want to do ourselves proud on Friday, that’s the main thing.
“We have to try to get a win and then concentrate again for the next league game.”