Cork City have it all to do in Luxembourg on Thursday, as they face Progrès Niederkorn trailing 2-0 from the first leg at Turner’s Cross.
Progrès scored twice in the first half at Turner’s Cross to put themselves in a strong position going into the second leg tie, which will be played at the Stade Municipal de la Ville de Differdange.
Speaking to local media before departing for Luxembourg, City’s Head Coach John Cotter reflected on the first leg, saying: “We’ve looked back on it since. Obviously, 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.”
“I thought we started quite well but, when we conceded, we lost our way for a while and a lot of that comes down to confidence. We need to be better than that, so we have addressed that and spoken about it and hopefully the players will go out and put in a performance.”
“There is a lot of experience in the dressing room and we will be looking to call on all of that on Thursday. 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.”
On the injury front, it is hoped that Shane Griffin and Kevin O’Connor will both be available, but Cian Murphy and Cian Bargary are both definitely ruled out.
Referee: Matthew De Gabriele
Injury News: Cian Murphy, Cian Bargary
Last meeting: City 0-2 Progrès Niederkorn
League Form (League, most recent game first): D D L D D
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