Speaking to Pundit Arena’s Irish football podcast The Mixer this week, Cork City’s midfield enforcer Conor McCormack spoke about moving to Manchester United at a young age, playing for a time in Italy as well as now being compared to N’Golo Kante in some quarters.
McCormack, who joined Cork City ahead of the 2017 season from Derry City, came to Leeside having had plenty of previous successes both with Shamrock Rovers and St. Pat’s before being part of a strong showing from Derry last term, which will herald European football for the Candystripes this summer.
And his performances this season have already earned him individual honours, as he was on Wednesday named the SWAI Player of the Month for April.
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The team he is in have of course helped him achieve this accolade and this weekend City vie for their 13th straight league win, which would put them within just two victories of matching Bohemians’ all-time record from the 1920s, as pointed out by League of Ireland historian Karl Reilly.
‘These go to 11’. Cork have made the best start to a top flight season in 51 years. pic.twitter.com/O27Tx0jWTv
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Such records are, however, inconsequential to McCormack, who says he is simply focused on performing to his maximum in every game.
“We go out every game expecting to win and wanting to win. Every player wants to win in this group. After the match then – whatever it was nine, ten, eleven games we won in a row – we look at each other and say ‘we’ve done really well here’ but we have to keep our feet on the ground and just concentrate on the next game.
“If we break a record all well and good but it’s not the end of the world if we don’t. Come the end of October we want to be at the top of the league and that’s what we’re aiming for. We’re not going to drop our standards in any game so we’re just looking at the next game and wanting to win, so that’s the most important thing for us at the minute.”
The Carlingford native goes on to explain that Cork City manager John Caulfield also has had a part to play in keeping this level of focus going right from the off.
“We’re level-headed and John has us level-headed. We all have our feet on the ground and we’re just here to do the best that we can and hopefully at the end of October we’ll be there or thereabouts and that’s what we’re setting ourselves at.”
You can listen to interview in full below.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena