Cork City are on the road for the second time this week, as they travel to Dublin to face St. Patrick’s Athletic.
City come into the game on the back of a 2-0 win in Limerick on Monday night; that victory followed a 4-0 home triumph over Bray Wanderers at Turner’s Cross on Friday last meaning John Caulfield’s side have three wins in their last four games.
The home side also come into the game on the back of midweek action, as they suffered a 3-0 defeat to Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght, bringing to an end a run of four consecutive wins. The Saints’ last home fixture saw them record an impressive 5-2 win over Derry City.
The sides have met twice already this season, with City claiming the points on both occasions. On the opening day of the season, they notched a 3-2 win at Richmond Park thanks to a Kieran Sadlier goal in the closing stages, before Graham Cummins headed the winner at Turner’s Cross in April.
City boss John Caulfield spoke to the media ahead of the game, commenting: “They are very good at home. They score lots of goals; they scored five against Derry last week and a couple against Sligo the week before. They obviously play attacking football; they get the full backs in around the back and they create a lot of chances. Liam has brought in a lot of younger players and they play with a lot of energy.”
“Pat’s have been on a good run recently and they are in contention for Europe. You have to make sure you are ready for every game and that you are ready from the off. We gave two very good performances over last weekend, scoring six goals and keeping two clean sheets. That means nothing, though, if we are not ready tomorrow, because it is another three points on offer.”
“You don’t want to be dropping points any week. The most important thing, as I keep saying, is that the team have done really well, we are thrilled the way things have gone considering the turnover of players. The lads are doing great and, as I have said from the start, you need to get to the break and be in contention.”