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Cork City face tough Derry test at the Brandywell

Cork City make the long trip to the Brandywell, as they take on Derry City tonight.

City, who had a frustrating 0-0 draw at home to Bohemians on Friday night, are in third place in the league table, a point behind the home side, although John Caulfield’s men have three games in hand on the Candystripes. City’s last away game in the league was a 1-0 win away to Wexford Youths just over a month ago. The home side come into the game on the back of a 5-0 win away to Finn Harps and they have three wins and two draws in their last five league outings. The last time the sides met, City scored two late goals to claim a 2-1 win at Turner’s Cross.

Speaking ahead of the game, City boss John Caulfield said he expects his side to show their character after a disappointing week: “We have a few knocks and bruises and a few of the lads weren’t involved in training this morning.”

“It’s great that Derry are in the title race. With the form of ourselves and Dundalk over the last few weeks, Derry are back in with a chance and that’s great for them. They have an excellent team and they are one of the most experienced teams in this league. They are putting themselves in a position to challenge for the title and that’s good for the league.”

“We have created a lot of chances but the disappointing side is that we have not been taking them. It is a really, really tough game tomorrow against Derry but you can’t feel sorry for yourself, you have to get your head back and get back to basics. Every game throws up its own challenge and we know tomorrow night is a massive game and a huge task for us, but there is no hiding place, you have to stand up and be counted. We are at the top of the league and challenging for a title, so that’s what you need. All year, these guys have been fantastic and I expect that tomorrow night, we will be ready to go.”

“This league will go right to the wire. We have to bounce back now and show our character; show how good we have been all season. When you hit a blip, you have to bounce back. While it has been a disappointing week, everything is still to play for and there are no excuses; we expect to stay up there and challenge right to the end.”

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