Saturday 19 August 2017

John Caulfield plans attacking approach against KR Reykjavik

Cork City manager John Caulfield
Cork City manager John Caulfield

Ryan Kelly

John Caulfield says he is expecting a close affair when Cork City face off against KR Reykjavik in the Europa League, but believes that the Leesiders have what it takes to progress to the second round.

City welcome KR to Turner's Cross tonight and, having thoroughly analysed the opposition, Caulfield is confident that his team can overcome Bjarni Gudjonnsson's team. However, he warned that it is a tie that is destined to "go right down to the wire".

"The mood is great, preparation has gone well this week since coming back from Derry. We've done a lot of analysing on Reykjavik. We're looking forward to the game," the Cork boss said. "I think we will prove to be good enough, but it's going to be a close game."

City will be without the services of star right-back John Kavanagh, while Kieran Djilali and Alan Smith are also ruled out.

Caulfield indicated that club captain John Dunleavy could make the match-day squad after a long-term injury lay-off, but conceded that the clash may come too soon for the Donegal native.

Caulfield also dismissed the idea that his team would sit back and adopt a defensive approach, stressing that the onus is on Cork to take the game to their opponents.

"We're certainly not going to sit back, it's our home game," said the Cork boss.

"We certainly feel that we can go and get the win. We need the win going over to Iceland and that's what we're going for.

"The important thing for us is that we're on our game, because I think if we play well, we'll get a good result But as a tie, overall, since the teams are so evenly matched, I think it'll go right down to the wire."

Irish Independent

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