Cork City club captain John Dunleavy was interviewed by the media ahead of his side’s top of the table clash with Dundalk this Friday. The Donegal-born player spoke very confidently of his side ahead of this much anticipated clash.
He was quick to mention that his side were hoping to bounce back from their defeat to Bohemians last Friday.
We were obviously very disappointed with our performance last Friday, but we didn’t play anywhere near where we can but if you’re looking for a game to bounce back in then Dundalk in Turners Cross is the perfect game.
When questioned about Cork City losing their early season element of surprise with players unheard of in the league such as Brian Lenihan and Mark O’Sullivan, Dunleavy said.
We went through plenty of games unbeaten and teams still couldn’t stop them even though they knew of them. We’re gutted to lose Lenny but what happened to him was horrible, I’ve never seen anything like that before on the pitch and hopefully I won’t see things like that again. Thankfully he seems okay.
John Dunleavy is fully aware of the challenge his side will face at home this Friday to Dundalk especially on the back of the 4-0 horror show up in Oriel Park last May. When asked how he views the current Dundalk side, Dunleavy was realistic.
No question, a very good side, a very physical side who’ve have created a lot of chances. The night we played them up there we lost 4-0 and it was one of those nights that we never turned up, we’ve been looking forward to having them down in Turners Cross ever since.
Momentum is a very important thing for City and it was acknowledged that Friday’s match is very important for both sides.
I suppose there’s no doubt that it would be a massive help, but the league won’t be won or lost on Friday night. It’s up to us to up our intensity for this game.
The players have been training since the middle of January so tiredness and fatigue in the squad were questioned by the media as possible reasons for the poor performance last week.
It was a flat performance last week, but we have a predominantly very young squad, but I think last Friday night was just an off night. You’re always going to have an off night but credit to Bohs they fully exploited it. I think we can get back to our high intensity performances this week starting this Friday.
John Caulfield earlier mentioned that the big difference between this year and last year has without doubt been the fact that City are competitive in all games, something that wasn’t always the case last year. Dunleavy was in the squad last year so he is well able to judge the difference between the two seasons yet is reluctant to get carried away.
We’ve now put ourselves in the position where we’re playing games that you wanted to play when you were a youngster; big games, like top of the table games. Matches that mean a lot to a lot of people and you know it’s brilliant that we’ve put ourselves in that position and now we just have to see how we react.
It’s clear from listening to the captain speak that he’s expecting a big performance from his squad and they fully hope to deliver one in front of what should be a very large attendance.
Cork City and Drogheda go head-to-head Friday night at Turners Cross.
Stephen Walsh, Pundit Arena