CORK CITY’S vastly experienced defender Alan Bennett has called on his team-mates for a positive response to the 1-1 draw away to Galway when the FAI Cup champions confront Drogheda United at Turner’s Cross this weekend.
The former Wimbledon, Reading and Cheltenham Town skipper said that the Leesiders can’t wait to get back to fortress Turner’s Cross and kick on in the pursuit of the league championship pennant.
“We were disappointed at dropping the two points in Galway because of the standards we have set and the level we are playing at within the group.
"It was one of those nights and we probably needed a little rub of the green to get the winner. One of the chances fell to me, but it fell to the wrong player and I missed it, and I am sure if it had been Seanie Maguire he’d have stuck it away,” said Bennett.
“Galway were well set up and they changed their system and they are a hard side to break down at the best of times. I think it’s fair to say that they raised their game as well, but most teams are doing that when they come up against us these days.
“We go again on Friday night at home to Drogheda and with a good home crowd behind us we can get back to winning ways and take the three points,” he added.
It is all about Cork’s response now.
“We were disappointed to allow them back into so fast and from a set piece as well. It’s a lesson that needs to be learned. If you want to be a winner, you have to learn these lessons the hard way.
"All the talk of trying to equal or better Bohs’ long-standing 15-match winning record wasn’t bothering us at all but it seemed to be in the media a lot in the last few weeks.
"It’s gone now but we have set a new club record of nine straight wins so to go 12 in-a-row was an incredible achievement by the lads and we are still unbeaten after 13 games. That’s the positive to take out of it, and as I say, we go again on Friday back at the ‘Cross and that has been a real fortress for us all season,” he told me.
“I have no doubt but that we will bounce back and it’s all about how we respond now. We can control our reaction to the Galway result and that will come on Friday night.
Confidence is still sky high in the camp and we know what we need to do to win games. The trouble up in Galway was that some of our best goal chances fell to the wrong men.
“We have our standards as a group at training and in match day situations, and if you are not getting to those levels, you’ll be told. When we got back to our dressing room up at Eamonn Deacy Park the other night there was frustration and anger vented, but we all got it off our chests, and we are back on track,” he added.