Monday 19 August 2019

Cork City boss John Cotter targets early strike in Luxembourg

Cork City manager John Cotter. Photo: Sportsfile
Cork City manager John Cotter. Photo: Sportsfile

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Cork City boss John Cotter hopes the European experience in his squad can help them get through a tough test in Luxembourg and into the next round of the Europa League.

City's poor run in Europe - seven games without a goal - continued last week when they lost 2-0 at home to Progres Niederkorn, and it will take a major revival for the Leesiders to overcome that deficit on away soil tonight and progress to a second-round meeting with Rangers.

"There is a lot of experience in the dressing room and we will be looking to call on all of that tonight," says Cotter.

"We know that an early goal, or even getting the first goal, will open up the tie. We saw signs the other night where we feel we could do that, so we plan to target those areas and try to take the game to them from there.

"We gave away two soft goals, but we have discussed it and had some good training sessions, so we have to be positive going over there. That's the way we have approached it this week and we will look to bring that into the game."

"We have to go out and try to get the first goal, and see where that takes us, so that's what we will be planning to do. If we can get the first goal, it will open up the tie and I feel we can do that if we perform like we should perform."

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