Friday 15 December 2017

Tough at the top as Cork aim to close gap

Cork City’s John Caulfield: plea to players
Cork City’s John Caulfield: plea to players

Cork City boss John Caulfield has told his players not to waste another chance to close the gap on league leaders Dundalk.

A scoreless draw away to Sligo Rovers on Saturday night was a missed opportunity for second-placed Cork and they really need to win tonight, at home to Galway United, to reduce that lead.

"Games are coming thick and fast, in the run-in, there will be a lot of twists and turns," says Caulfield, his side seven points behind the champions but with a game in hand.

"This is our game in hand, it is an opportunity to close the gap. We know it will be a difficult game with Galway coming down, but we need to play well. It's a big game for us and a chance to close the gap again. We are on a very good run of form, we have been playing well, we are at home and we know how important the game is.

"Everyone is fighting for their lives - the teams at the bottom are fighting to stay up and the teams in mid-table are fighting for Europe. It's the way you would want the league to be. We need to play well tonight and get the three points. We know that it will be three games a week from now until the finish, so we need to make sure we stay in contention, because I still think there will be a few twists and turns," he added.

Galway manager Tommy Dunne will try to regroup after Friday's 4-2 loss to Shamrock Rovers. "It's about being more consistent and that's what we have to be between now and the end of the season," he says.

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