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Cork City manager John Caulfield. Photo: Toma¡s Greally / SPORTSFILE

Cork City manager John Caulfield. Photo: Toma¡s Greally / SPORTSFILE

Cork City manager John Caulfield. Photo: Toma¡s Greally / SPORTSFILE

LEAGUE leaders Cork City have been told not to drop their standards for the visit of a struggling Bohemians side tonight, writes AIDAN FITZMAURICE.

Cork remain top of the Premier Division table, ahead of Dundalk on goal difference, having gained 19 points from a possible 21. That's the sort of form that Bohs can only envy after suffering three straight defeats in the league, the most recent a 2-0 loss at home to Sligo Rovers on Monday.

"Bohemians have had a good solid start. They had Sligo at the weekend, and they conceded two goals in the last 12 minutes in what was a very tight match," said Cork boss John Caulfield, who has to plan without the suspended Darren Dennehy.

"I keep saying it; we must perform. If we do, I believe we will get the three points. If we don't, then we will drop points, which we cannot afford to do.

EXPERIENCE

"A bit like ourselves, Bohs have a mixture of youth and experience in their squad.

"They have a lot of young players coming through, but they have experience in the likes of Dean Delany in goal, Aidan Price in defence, Dave Mulcahy in midfield and, of course, Jason Byrne up front."

Bohs looked as if they were on course to hold Sligo in Dalymount last Monday, but two late goals condemned them to defeat, the second successive home loss after an earlier defeat to Limerick.

"I can live with a team outplaying you, as Pats did against us," said manager Owen Heary. "But against Limerick and Sligo we defended really well, we created the better chances, and then we concede a goal off a corner. We were well in those games, getting on top, and then we killed ourselves on a set-piece.

"The players have to take responsibility for tuning out for a second and that's something that we're working on with them."


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