Cork City make the trip to the Showgrounds on Saturday, taking on Sligo Rovers in what will be City’s final away match of the 2020 SSE Airtricity League Season.
The Rebel Army come into the game in desperate need of three points, in order to overtake Finn Harps and move into ninth place in the table, in their mission to escape automatic relegation. It will be the second meeting of the two sides this season, with City earning an impressive 3-0 win against the Bit O’Red in Turner’s Cross, back in August.
Speaking at his weekly press conference in Bishopstown, interim City boss Colin Healy said: “The boys have trained well, and the confidence is up. We put on a good performance last weekend, but we couldn’t pick up the points. Hopefully, there’ll be another good performance on Saturday against Sligo. We know we need to get the points on the board, and we’re hoping we can do that. We need to go up there focused and we need to be ready.”
Healy also confirmed the departure of strikers Scott Fenwick and Connor Simpson, saying. “They’ve gone back to England. There wasn’t guaranteed game time for them, so they made the decision to go back. Since I came in, they’ve been good lads, they’ve trained well, but unfortunately, I just couldn’t guarantee game time for them. We wish them the best of luck.”
Young defender Jake O’Brien was also on media duty this week and he understands the challenge ahead: “Two wins would put us back where we need to be, but Finn Harps have four games left, and unfortunately we can’t control what they do. Since Colin has come in, we’ve been training well. Just because we’re bottom of the table, that doesn’t mean that heads are down.”
“Against Waterford, we were very unlucky. We played very well, but just couldn’t manage to put it in the net. It will be another tough match on Saturday, but if we can play the way we have been playing and luck is on our side, hopefully we can pick up the points.”
On the injury front, Healy said that while a few players have slight knocks, there are no real injury concerns and he expects to have a full squad to choose from on Saturday.
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Referee: Rob Hennessy
Injury News: n/a
Last game: Cork City 0-0 Waterford
Last meeting: Cork City 3-0 Sligo Rovers
League Form (League, most recent game first): L D L L L D
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