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John Caulfield: “This league is 36 games; it will heat up in September when we go into the run-in and up to that point, you just have to be in the mix.”

 

Cork City welcome Limerick to Turner’s Cross on Saturday afternoon, with kick-off at 2 pm.

City, who suffered a 3-0 defeat to Shamrock Rovers on Monday night, have six wins from six at Turner’s Cross this season, following last week’s 1-0 win over Dundalk.

Just like City, Limerick recorded a 1-0 win on Friday night (away to Bray), before falling to a 3-0 defeat on Monday, at home to Derry City.

The sides have met once already this season, with the spoils shared in a 1-1 draw at the Market’s Field. Billy Dennehy put the home side ahead, before Kieran Sadlier levelled for City.

Speaking to the media at his weekly press conference, City boss John Caulfield commented: “We need to be ready on Saturday, because Limerick are a tough team. They have a lot ex-City players there; they played really well against us at the Market’s Field in a one-all draw and we know we will need to play very well.”

“We are a third of the way into the season and we are up at the top. On Saturday, we need to play like we did last Friday night. I keep saying that there are no easy games in this league; someone pointed out the other day that Bray have four points, one was against Dundalk and three against Shamrock Rovers, so it just shows you. If you underestimate any team in this league, you will get caught out.”

“Limerick have had some very good away results, winning in Sligo and drawing away to Rovers. Coming to us, they know they can sit back and play on the counter, so we have to be at our game and, ultimately, it is all about us and making sure we are at the right intensity levels.”

“This league is 36 games; it will heat up in September when we go into the run-in and up to that point, you just have to be in the mix. We are up at the top of the table; we have given some great performances and we have given some performances that haven’t been as good as we would have hoped. When you lose a game, you have to bounce back. The last time we lost, we bounced back with a run of wins and that is the way you have to react.”

Attacker Karl Sheppard also spoke to the press, saying: “Monday was a disappointing night for us, but bring on Saturday. We were back out on the training ground this morning making sure we are alright for Saturday.”

“I think the important thing, when you do lose, is about how you bounce back. It is good to have a quick turnaround, because you want to make it right as quickly as you can, rather than let it fester. Going into Saturday, we are at home and we are looking to get the three points.”

“I think we are going through the gears and we need to start kicking on and firing on all fronts. You look at our team; we have a lot of quality throughout the side. Sometimes in games, we have played well for twenty or thirty minutes and then ground it out, so we just need to get those solid ninety-minute performances in and I think the goals will start coming for us then.”

“On Saturday, we need to come out of the blocks quickly and try to get an early goal. Once we get an early goal, we normally don’t lose games, so I think that’s what we need to try and do.”

Johnny Dunleavy continues to work his way back from injury, and it is hoped he will be available for selection before the mid-season break. Shane Griffin and Gearóid Morrissey are both doubts, having suffered strains in recent weeks. Conor McCormack also picked up a knock and is being assessed ahead of the game.

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