JOHN Caulfield feels Friday night’s final league game of the season – away to Bohemians in Dalymount Park – is the ideal preparation ahead of the FAI Cup final against Dundalk on November 8th.
City go into the game in second place, two points ahead of Shamrock Rovers, while the home side are currently in fifth place, two points behind St. Patrick’s Athletic. Bohs come into the game in good form, with three consecutive wins in the league, including a 3-2 win at the Brandywell last time out. City have recorded a win away to St. Pat’s and a draw at home to Dundalk in their last two outings.
‘It is an interesting finish to the season, with European places up for grabs. Bohemians have put themselves in a fantastic position and they have a real opportunity if they can beat us, but we want to see if we can get a win and box off second place,’ Caulfield said.
‘From my point of view, it’s great because it is another very competitive game. After the semi-final win, some of our performances maybe had not got the intensity that we had for most of the season, but we had a massive win against St Pat’s and then the game against Dundalk on Friday last. Bohs need a win and a high intensity game the week before the cup final is what you want.
‘You will not just be able to switch on and step up to that level after underperforming for three or four weeks; you can’t do that. That is why the two games last week were fantastic for us and training this week has been very good, the intensity has been at the highest level.’
The injury crisis that hit the squad over the last few weeks has eased considerably, with only three players set to miss out on the trip to Dalymount. John Kavanagh has been ruled out for a number of months after undergoing an operation last week, while Gavan Holohan and John O’Flynn are also ruled out.