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Monday 5 December 2016

Caulfield: No logic to fixture list

City unhappy with midweek test

Cork City manager John Caulfield
Cork City manager John Caulfield

Cork City boss John Caulfield has questioned the "logic" of asking the part-time players in the League of Ireland to go into action again tomorrow in a full round of fixtures.

There was no major alteration in the league standings after the weekend action which saw the top three of Dundalk, Cork and Derry City all earn wins, the only significant change arising from Shamrock Rovers' 2-0 win away to Longford Town on Saturday which moves the Hoops up to fourth place.

There was little recovery time over the weekend as all 12 clubs play again tomorrow night in the second round of midweek games this season. The fixture list is kind to Dundalk who are at home for the second game in row (to Finn Harps) but Cork, who enjoyed a 2-0 win in Bray on Saturday, are on the road again, away to Bohemians tomorrow.

Derry City boss Kenny Shiels has already had a moan about the fixtures, and Cork counterpart Caulfield is not relishing tomorrow's trek to Dublin.

"It is a very difficult schedule to end up having to go to Bray when you're home at three in the morning, Bohemians on a Tuesday night, and then to play on Friday," said Caulfield.

"Then there's a three-week break. You'd wonder where's the logic in all of this but we don't complain, we battle on and just get on with it."

Tomorrow night sees an in-form Cork look for their fifth straight league win against a Bohs side who have failed to score in their last four outings, and for the Turner's Cross side, a winning run is essential to keep pace with a Dundalk side which has managed six wins from seven.

"Dundalk are going for three in a row, they have a fantastic team. The way they're playing at the moment, if you don't stay with them they're gone. It's an important couple of weeks. If a team falls ten or 12 points behind them it's all over. We're trying our best to stay with them," added Caulfield.

A goal-shy Bohs side are eager to get Ismahil Akinade, last season's top scorer, back in action as he's missed the last three games.

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