Cork City boss John Caulfield has told his players to make sure that Dundalk have to work hard for the league title if they are to land the Premier Division for the third year in a row.
Cork head to Dublin to face St Patrick's Athletic tonight still with a four-point gap between them and leaders Dundalk and City are running out of games, but Caulfield wants the title race to at least go to the last day of the season, hence the need for Cork to pick up six points from their two meetings with the Saints, tonight (in Dublin) and Friday (at Turner's Cross).
"While Dundalk are in the driving seat, it would be wrong of us not to push it right to the end. There are 12 points to play for, and we know that we need to keep the pressure up and try to force it to the last week of the season," says Cauldfield.
"The fact that St Pat's can't qualify for Europe takes the pressure off them, so they can go out and play and have a go. It is up to us to go out and get the result. It is a quick turnaround from Friday, so we need to recover properly and go out and play to our potential," he added.