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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Cork look for home rule to spur them on

Cork City manager John Caulfield
Cork City manager John Caulfield

Cork City will be aiming to book their place in the second qualifying round of the Europa League, when they host Levadia Tallinn in Turner's Cross tonight (7.45).

City manager John Caulfield, whose side hold a 2-0 advantage, said: "I think it is a different type of game now. Overall, I felt we were very good in the first half and I think 2-0 was a fair reflection of the game.

"At the same time, they know about us now and may change their formation.

"They need to come here and score to open the game up, so we need to manage the game properly.

"It is always a tricky situation because people may assume you are already in the next round, but you're not and you have to approach the game properly," added Caulfield.

Huge role

"You only get a certain number of games in Europe each year, if you're lucky, and the ticket sales look very strong, so we expect another huge crowd because our supporters have a huge role to play.

"It's another game, they will be looking to score, silence the crowd and make it nervy.

"We are looking at a situation that, if we score first, it puts us in a great position. I think it will be an interesting match. Their manager is saying that they can play much better, so we will see."

Steven Beattie is available again after injury while Alan Bennett has returned to light training, both Johnny Dunleavy and John Kavanagh are ruled out.

New signing Kieran Sadlier is not eligible to play until the next round, if City advance.

Meanwhile, Derry City face Danish side Midtjylland in their Europa League qualifier second leg clash, at the Sligo Showgrounds (7.45) trailing 6-1 from the first leg.

Derry manager Kenny Shiels knows it's Mission Impossible for his men especially as he looks set to have to plan without Conor McDermott and Barry McNamee.

"I don't know if we'll have anyone back," he added. "Sam Todd and Cathal Farren might be available to back up the bench, but it doesn't look like Barry and Conor will make it.

"Yes, we know that we are coming up against a top side, but we also know that we can do better.

"It's going to be strange playing a European home game away from home, but it was good of Sligo to provide us with the venue so we are appreciative of that and hopefully we can give a good display," added Shiels.

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