ANOTHER away clean sheet in a row for Cork City, on the back of the scoreless draw at Derry a week and a half ago, was married to a better attacking display, leaving assistant manager John Cotter very satisfied with how the 2-0 victory in Limerick went.
“It was a great performance tonight,” he said.
“Any game away from home in this league is tough. Limerick are a good side, we played them twice already and we got two tough games out of them, so it’s a massive three points, a great three points and a clean sheet as well.
“It’s all on to Friday now, we’ll get recovery into us again.”
City’s midfield functioned well, leading to a majority of the possession, but Cotter was quick to credit the role that the defence played in providing a platform upon which to build.
Limerick didn’t really trouble Mark McNulty bar a brief period of pressure at the very end of the game, by which time City had already secured the win, while going forward they providing good deliveries as well as support for the players in front.
“The two centre-halves I thought were excellent as well,” Cotter said, “Conor [McCarthy] and Seán [McLoughlin].
“Two young fellas who stood up to Mark O’Sullivan, who’d be a seasoned player at this stage in this league, as we’d know well in Cork.
“I thought the two of them stood up great and their passing and their defending set the tone at times, which was great to see.”
With leaders Dundalk having won 2-0 against third-placed Waterford at Oriel Park, it means City are eight points ahead of the Blues, with a game in hand. It was important to keep pace with the Lilywhites, who are two ahead with a game more played than City, but Cotter was quick to remind of the need to keep the focus local.
“It’s early days, we just concentrate on ourselves,” he said.
“I know it’s a cliché but that’s what we do and it’s what we did tonight.
“When you start looking at other teams, that’s when you start dropping points. We just concentrate on our own results.
“We got the three points tonight, which is the main thing, that’s all we can do is look after ourselves.”