Caulfield demanding Rebels intensity
Published 21/07/2016 | 02:30
Cork City's home form is the main reason that they have enjoyed a decent season to date and should it continue against BK Hacken this evening, a place in the third qualifying round of the Europa League awaits.
Sean Maguire's penalty in Sweden last week had given the Rebels a dream lead and although they were pegged back, they remain in an excellent position to progress.
Manager John Caulfield has called for more of the same at Turner's Cross (7.45) and he has warned that if his players don't put in a similar kind of shift, they will fall short.
Hacken currently lie in seventh place in their domestic table and if they are to avoid a shock exit in Cork, they will have to do what no other team has managed to do in the league this season and that is beat the Rebels at the Cross.
"We played really well in Sweden and while there were patches where they increased intensity and caused us a few problems, we caused them a few problems as well," Caulfield maintained.
"They might be favourites, but the great thing about sport is that the underdog has a chance and we have an opportunity to get into the next round. We need more of the same again this week and total concentration on the night.
"The game is still in the balance but we have an opportunity and a chance, there's no doubt about that."
An ankle injury has again made captain Greg Bolger doubtful for the clash and with Caulfield branding him "the best midfielder in the league", he would certainly be a major loss for the hosts.
A bumper crowd is expected and Caulfield has called on the home supporters to play their part.
"The crowd will need to be patient and get right behind the team from the start," he stressed.
"Hacken are used to playing in big stadiums. If the passion that we know the crowd has is there right from the start of the match, it will be interesting to see how they react to that."