Cork City extended their winning streak in the league to nine games following a 2-1 victory over Galway United on Friday night.
This come-from-behind win means that City are now within touching distance of lifting only the club’s third Premier Division title in their history, with a commanding 18-point lead over Dundalk at present who face Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds on Saturday night.
Despite this strong position in the league, City manager John Caulfield has refused to count his chickens early and bemoaned the ‘rubbish’ being discussed regarding his team already having the title sewn up when speaking to the media following his side’s sticky clash against the Tribesmen.
“Around this city and this county the coverage is phenomenal and everyone wants you to win but there’s no doubt a lot of people are talking a lot of rubbish because [as] I’ve said we haven’t won a title in twelve years – two in our history – and people are just assuming we have to get over the line and get the games over to win the title.
“It’s not easy, it never has been down here, but sometimes it filters [through] to the lads that maybe they’re listening to people outside who are saying it’s easy. It’s not easy.
“But, to be fair to them, and give them credit, in the second half they were magnificent and it was a fantastic three points for us.”
With the title potentially just four victories away for the Leesiders, this is exactly the sort of speech the manager will need to be directing towards his players over the next number of weeks.
With eleven games still to go it would be unfathomable for City to lose the title from this point, but keeping the players grounded over the next month or so will be perhaps one of Caulfield’s greatest tests as a manager.
With the EA Sports Cup and FAI Cup still also attainable targets for the Rebel Army this term, things are shaping up well on Leeside, but getting over the line will be easier said than done.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena