CORK CITY manager John Caulfield could ring the changes for Saturday’s clash with Limerick after seeing his team go down 3-0 at Shamrock Rovers last night.
Having gone three points ahead at the top of the table with a win over Dundalk on Friday, City were overtaken by the Lilywhites on goal difference after a disappointing performance in Tallaght.
Caulfield will look for an immediate response, but he may shuffle his pack.
“I think if you were sitting on the bench tonight or sitting in the stand, you were saying to yourself, ‘I want to be playing Saturday because I can perform much better than the lads performed tonight’” he said.
“I keep saying with the lads at the moment that there’s no guarantee of anyone’s position.
"We’ll review and look at everything over the next couple of days but certainly, all the boys that didn’t play will say, ‘John, I need to be in, that wasn’t good enough,’ and it wasn’t.”
While Rovers hadn’t won in April before last night, they played well, set on their way by Graham Burke’s opening goal after three minutes. Caulfield lamented the slow start.
“It’s a scenario where I keep saying the next game is the most important,” he said.
“While Friday night, the lads took the plaudits, after the match the focus was on tonight but we were second-best by a long way.
“Rovers played really well, they have a team that can win the league, that’s the way they started out at the start of the season, if they get another three or four wins under their belt then they’re right back in the title race.
“We conceded after three minutes – it was a great strike by Graham Burke but he’s a fantastic striker of the ball, we had already spoken about it. We missed a header and lost the ball, we backed off and he scored a great goal, then they scored two more from set-pieces.
“Obviously, Kevin Horgan, in fairness to him, he made three world-class saves in the first half. Maybe we’d have got back in the game, but overall the next game is the most important and we weren’t good enough, we were well behind.”