Caulfield: We plan on going on the attack
Cork City 1 Linfield 0
Any notions that Cork City might sit back and defend the 1-0 lead they snatched in Belfast last week have quickly been dispelled by manager John Caulfield.
Sean Maguire’s second-half penalty was enough for City to return to Turner’s Cross this evening (7.45) with a precious away goal as well as a slender lead over Linfield.
The prize at stake for the winner is €210,000 and a second round clash against Swedish side BK Hacken next week.
The fact that Cork are halfway through their season and Linfield are yet to begin theirs showed last week but given that they are at home, Caulfield has called on his players to take the game to the northerners.
“There’s still a lot of work to be done,” he insisted. “Being 1-0 up is an advantage but it would be foolish to think that the game wasn’t in the balance. When we got it down and passed it, we caused them problems, so we’ve looked at their strengths and weaknesses.
“We plan on going on the attack. We didn’t have any particular approach last week, we felt we could win the match. We felt we could score and, we don’t see any difference.
“We’ll be at home, we know the way they’ll play. We just have to be on our game and be ready from the start.
“You’d be foolish to go out and sit back. Our plan is to go out and score, and that’s the only way to approach it.”
Caulfield will have to plan without Alan Smith (ankle), John Kavanagh as well as skipper John Dunleavy but in more positive news, Michael McSweeney is back in contention after injury.
Karl Sheppard, Steven Beattie and Greg Bolger will all face late fitness tests and Caulfield will be hoping that key trio will be fit enough to help seal City’s place in the next round.