Caulfield: We got back to basics after the Sligo loss

Caulfield: We got back to basics after the Sligo loss
Cork manager John Caulfield. Picture: INPHO/John McVitty

CORK City boss John Caulfield was delighted with how his side bounced back from the disappointment of losing at home to Sligo Rovers by turning on a really positive display in last night’s win over a Finn Harps, side that he is tipping to stay up.

“We’re delighted to get the three points. We knew it was going to be a tough game,” he said, acknowledging that after the set-back against Sligo that there was a bit of pressure on them to respond.

“We played really well, we created quite a few good chances but just couldn’t score and in the end it was a scrappy goal. Overall we passed and moved the ball very well. It will click one of these days and we will get a few goals.” 

He was particularly pleased with the first half display and how they had “looked dangerous” and it was a case of being patient. “We were getting at them, and we said at half-time to keep it going, and to keep up the intensity. It looked like we could open them up,” he explained.

He was full of praise for Finn Harps goalkeeper Ciaran Gallagher and felt that overall City had “totally dominated the game and took the points.”  

"A lot of the team had played well below themselves in the Sligo game and were very disappointed. From our point of view it was a case of getting back to basics and we are very happy about that.” 

Next up for City is a second round FAI Cup tie at home to First Division basement side Athlone Town this weekend. It’s a break from the league, and while some managers may have preferred to keep the league programme running uninterrupted, Caulfield is quite happy about things.

“We have had a brutal seven games in the last 22 days so it is a chance to get bodies back,” he noted. ”Achilee Campion, Robbie Williams, Stephen Dooley and Greg Bolger have all been carrying knocks, so it is a chance to get everyone back.” 

With the next league game the following week away to Shamrock Rovers, he stated that he will be making some changes for the cup game as they bid to retain the trophy. “It gives us a chance to rotate some players and I’m actually quite happy about that,” he said.

Meanwhile, he paid tribute to Finn Harps boss Ollie Horgan and the job that he has done with the Donegal club.

“Ollie Horgan got Harps promoted against all the odds a couple of years ago and he kept them up last year. People tipped them again this year to go down at the start of this year. He has done a phenomenal job. They now have seven cup finals in a row. Two or three wins will keep them up. I feel that with the attitude that they have, and if they can perform like they did against us here, with the two boys back from suspension (Eddie Dsane and Caolan McAleer) they can get results.

“I am still tipping them to stay up. I think they can survive and I am hoping for Ollie’s sake that they can because they were written off at the start of the season. It’s great if you can prove the critics wrong.”

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