JOHN Caulfield has asked the Turner’s Cross faithful to come out in big numbers for the 2016 SSE Airtricity League season opener at home to Bohemians this Friday night, at 7.45pm.
‘There is a great buzz around the place, and I am hoping that our crowd will come out in force. The fact that the game is on TV means it is a chance for our supporters to come out in force, create a big atmosphere and show everyone watching what we are all about,’ Caulfield said.
‘The new players who have come in have lifted the squad and I think, at training, everyone can see the talent that is there. The most important thing for us is for our players to keep their feet on the ground and crucially, on matchnight, deliver the performances week-in, week-out.’
‘Sometimes during the season, I would expect teams to come down here, sit back and stay behind the ball, but Bohs won’t do that. They are confident in their own ability and they will have a cut off us, so I think it will be a fascinating game and I feel we will have to play as well as we did on Saturday if we are to get the win.;
City ended their pre-season campaign with a 2-0 win over Dundalk in the President’s Cup, while Bohemians recorded a 4-1 win over Athlone Town. City finished second in the table last season, while Bohs finished fifth.
On the injury front, John Kavanagh is expected to be sidelined until the mid-season break, as he makes his way back from surgery, while Garry Buckley is ruled out with a knee injury but Caulfield hopes to have him back in the squad in the near future. In more positive news, Kevin O’Connor returns after missing the win over Dundalk.