CORK CITY’s goal-scoring midfield ace Gearoid Morrissey says that the big points gap between the league leaders and defending champions, Dundalk is irrelevant ahead of tonight’s TV ‘Clash of the Titans’ at Oriel Park, with coverage starting at 7.30pm on RTE 2.
“The gap in points between us and Dundalk is irrelevant - we just still need to win no matter what the points gap is and that’s why we will go after all three points away from home tonight.
"We are a team of grafters. We come in every Monday and work hard from Monday to Thursday and then it’s show time and match night. There are no Charlie's in our group. We know what it takes to win these games and we fancy our chances tonight,” vowed Morrissey.
Cork have won six of the last seven meetings in all competitions and the 15-point gap between the teams ahead of tonight’s 4G showdown marks it down as a must win home game for the Lilywhites.
“Dundalk will be looking to get things going against us, especially going into the break. We are well aware of that and we will put a plan into action to get the better of them once again. Our manager and back room staff keep us focused. The two Johns, Liam Kearney, ‘Biscuits’ and ‘Punchy’ they are on to us at training and they keep you concentrate on the task at hand,” explained Morrissey, who looks set to play alongside Conor McCormack in midfield this evening.
Speaking about his goal against Rovers last week, the Ringmahon man said: “It was a good strike okay and I was just happy that it did go in because sometimes when teams go down to ten men there is almost pressure on you to score.
“There's a lot of pressure because if you don't score in the next ten to 15 minutes they grow in confidence and think that they can get a result but we won well in the end having come back from a goal in arrears. It's probably my best goal yet... I’m not sure,” he added.
“You always have to win the next game so it doesn't matter how far ahead we are, we believe that we have to win the next game and that’s Dundalk away tonight. Cork is a great place to play. I was here when we were finishing mid-table before John Caulfield came in and it was still a great place to play your football. But when you are winning and there's such a great team here it's a pleasure to be part of it all,” he said.