CORK City manager John Caulfield expects a more adventurous approach from Waterford in tonight’s Premier Division clash on Suirside compared to February’s clash at Turner’s Cross.
The league champions, and table-toppers go to the Regional Sports Centre a point ahead of their hosts. While Waterford sat back in the earlier game before City won with two second-half goals, Caulfield believes that the chance to go top of the table will entice Waterford to play with more endeavour.
“I think it might be different because they’re at home,” he says.
“The fact that there’ll be a full house and they can see that if they beat us they’ll go top of the table, there are lots of incentives from their point of view.
“I would imagine that it would be a more open game, but at the same time, knowing the venue that it is, I think it’ll be quite blustery and you’ll have to deal with those conditions.”
Waterford have adapted well to the top flight after winning the first division last year. While the opportunity to overhaul City is a test of their character, Caulfield is only focused on what’s within in his own control.
“I keep saying this, it’s probably boring,” he says, “I have to keep making sure that my team know what they’re walking into.
“You get teams that are high-flying and they’ve been taking points all over the place, they beat Rovers a couple of weeks ago, so the most important thing for me is to make sure that our team are ready and we can play the way we want to, create the chances we feel we can get.
“At the same time, they’re very dangerous from set-pieces, they score quite a few goals and you need to defend properly. From our point of view, it’s about making sure we play well.
“Last week we went to Bray and obviously they’re struggling, but we still had to go and win and get the three points. There’s no difference with this game.”