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Sunday 17 December 2017

Cork back in title race - Caulfield

JOHN Caulfield believes that his Cork City side are back in the title race after a weekend of perfect results for the Turner's Cross outfit.

Cork's chances of a a first Premier Division title success since 2005 had been harmed by a poor run of form recently, City taking just two wins from six league games.

But on Friday night they came back right into contention thanks to a 1-0 win for Cork at home to Shamrock Rovers on a night when long-time league leaders Dundalk lost away to St Patrick's Athletic, leaving only a three-point gap between Dundalk and Cork.

"It was a sweet victory," said Caulfield.

"It gives us a chance that we are still there and it puts us that step closer to Europe, which is crucial for us.

"I didn't know their result [Dundalk] until we came in after our own game had finished, I don't want to know the other scores as I can't change anything that goes on in other matches.

"It has been a rough three or four weeks, confidence in the lads was down and some of them took the criticism to heart. You get huge knocks in this game

"We may have taken our eye off the ball, games that look easy are never easy.

"I just said to the lads when we had a team meeting before the game that they had to give their all and if it was good enough that's all I asked," added the City boss.

"I knew it could be a night like the game against St Pats where we got a late winner and it was a perfect time to score a goal, with the last kick of the game."

City now have a weekend off due to FAI Cup action.

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