John Caulfield spoke to the media ahead of the top of the table clash against leaders Dundalk this Friday in Turners Cross. His side are three points behind Dundalk but he knows they can go joint top with all three points the weekend’s televised game.
Brian Lenihan who suffered a horrendous fall last Friday against Bohemians was to the forefront of everybody’s mind when they saw the injury but thankfully it appears to just be concussion and it is hoped that he’ll be back in the squad in the next few weeks.
“I don’t think people realise how serious it was when Dr. John Brown hopped the fence. He is now on the road to recovery. He’s getting a scan today and we’ll know more at the weekend.”
Caulfield also confirmed that striker Rob Lehane was ruled out of the top of the table clash while Gearóid Morrissey will continue to be monitored but he is currently rated 50/50.
This could prove to be a season-defining game and the whole club is fully aware of the challenge this Friday.
“We’re up against it Friday night. Everybody thinks Dundalk are champions elect and maybe they are? But I suppose this is an opportunity for us, we’ve worked hard the last two days in training, there’s an opportunity for us in front of our home crowd and it’s up to us to give them as tough a game as possible.”
As per normal pre-match press conferences Caulfield again appealed to the crowd to get into the ground as early as possible so as to build up a huge atmosphere during the warm up.
“I’m appealing to the crowd to get into the ground early and create that atmosphere to make it uncomfortable for Dundalk.”
Caulfield seems to be managing the increased expectation among the squad and club in general very well by sticking to his next game mantra and when questioned as to how important the next two games vs. Dundalk and Pat’s were to the season he replied,
“It doesn’t matter, Friday night is all that matters, I keep saying in this league we’ve come from the situation where we haven’t been in contention to suddenly we’re challenging for European places. I’m confident if we give a high intensity performance, we’ll give it a good shot”.
Caulfield keeps referring to the difference in the club in the six months he’s been in charge with every match actually meaning something regarding the Rebel Army’s position in the league table.
“As I said to the lads this morning, this time last year we were nowhere and this Friday we have a chance to go top of the table. Nobody is giving us a chance for this game on the back of one poor performance last Friday.”
Last May Cork City lost 4-0 to Dundalk and this has been playing on the mind of the Cork City players.
“Dundalk are favourites and I keep telling the lads we’re being written off, but I have a feeling that if we play well we’ll get a result and what happened before doesn’t matter.”
He also revealed to the media that he was hoping for a signing that was still to be confirmed, but he did hint it was looking like a defensive midfielder.
Lastly Caulfield concluded the interview by saying,
“Bohs beat us fair and square last Friday night but this Friday night is a real opportunity for us to come out of the traps against Dundalk and get a result. I believe if we give it our all we can get a result and cause Dundalk problems”.
The glint is his eyes when he said that last line can guarantee you that Johnny C has a plan up his sleeve in order to tackle this Dundalk team.
Stephen Walsh, Pundit Arena.