CORK CITY manager, John Caulfield is expecting the biggest crowd of the season at Turner’s Cross when Derry City arrive on Good Friday. (Kick-off 7.45 p.m.)
In fact the Cork boss believes there could be a greater number of supporters through the turnstiles on Friday night than at any stage last season during a campaign when the ‘Rebels’ were challenging for the league title!
Supporters have been urged to buy their tickets in advance of Friday’s game by the club and to make their way to the stadium early to avoid queues.
And Caulfield is appealing for fans to rally round the home side for what he expects to be a difficult clash against a ‘strong’ Derry City side.
“Our support is phenomenal,” said Caulfield. “The atmosphere in Turner’s Cross is unique and the crowd respond to that.
“When you’re at home in front of your supporters, you want to win.
“I know our crowd understand we have a good team who are passionate and we are all looking forward to the game on Friday.
“We feel it could be our biggest crowd so far, even bigger than anything last season,” he claimed.
And last weekend’s match winner, Kieran Djilali who came off the bench to decide the game against Bray Wanderers in Co. Wicklow claimed he was looking forward to playing in front of a packed ‘Shed End’ on Friday.
“Playing into the Shed End you can really feel the fans are behind you and we want to win our home games for them,” said the former Sligo Rovers midfielder.
The atmosphere in Turner’s Cross is unique and the crowd respond to that. When you’re at home in front of your supporters, you want to win.John Caulfield
Cork are unbeaten from their opening five league games, winning three of their last four fixtures and claiming maximum points from their first two home games.
They’ve conceded just twice and scored an average of two goals per game so the ‘Candy Stripes’ can expect a difficult test on Friday night.
Caulfield. however, isn’t convinced by his side’s start to the campaign, claiming he expects his players to score more freely. That’s despite the fact his side registered a 5-0 victory over Limerick at Turner’s Cross in the second game of the season.
“We are pleased with our start but would like to maybe have scored a few more goals,” he said. “Derry have a very strong local team like ourselves. They have some excellent players,” added Caulfield.
Caulfield is expecting Danny Morrissey to return to the squad for Friday’s game while Colin Healy will face a late fitness test.