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Monday 18 December 2017

Caulfield wary of Saints threat

St Pat’s boss Liam Buckley faces the might of a Cork City side with a perfect record so far this season. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
St Pat’s boss Liam Buckley faces the might of a Cork City side with a perfect record so far this season. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Séan Hoare. Photo:

Premier Division leaders Cork once again travel to the capital hoping to extend their unbeaten league run to ten as they take on St Patrick's Athletic at Richmond Park.

Liam Buckley's men have only registered two wins all season and lay uncomfortably close to the bottom after a mixed bag of results this season.

City boss Caulfield sympathises with his Saints counterpart Buckley in the inconsistency which has plagued their season so far, but is wary of the threat they pose.

"At the moment, some weeks they are lightening and other weeks they are not, which is probably frustrating for Liam. From our point of view, we have to assume Pat's will play at their best and we have to be ready for that challenge," he said.

Meanwhile, Bohemians face the daunting task of taking on reigning champions Dundalk at Oriel Park. The Gypsies have stagnated since their positive start to the season and face the prospect of a fourth straight league defeat in a row.

Lilywhites defender Séan Hoare is expecting a tough test against Bohs but is hoping to "bounce back" after Dundalk suffered their third loss of the season at home to Bray Wanderers last Friday night, leaving them nine points adrift from the aforementioned Cork.

"We are all very disappointed with the result last week. We felt that we didn't deserve to lose the game against Bray Wanderers," said Hoare.

"Bohemians will feel they can get something here with how they played last week."

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