John Caulfield is cautious ahead of Cork city's Sligo trip

John Caulfield: Players should expect Showgrounds backlash.

Cork City manager John Caulfield has warned his players to expect a backlash from Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds tonight.

The Bit O’ Red are reeling from last week’s 4-0 thumping at Bray and will be all out to bounce back with a performance in front of their own fans as they search for their first league win of season under new boss Dave Robertson.

“We have another difficult trip going to Sligo, which is a fantastic place to go to,” said Caulfield.

“It’s important for us to go up there, put in a top performance and try to get the three points,” added the City boss, before cautioning: “we expect Sligo to have a massive reaction and we expect the crowd to get behind them from the start.

“We’re anticipating that and we’ve to make sure that we’re ready and that we give the performance we are capable of. They have a new manager who has come in to turn the club around, but he needs time. He’s brought in a lot of young players. I’ve seen them a few times, they have a lot of energy and a lot of pace in their squad. As I keep saying, in this league, anyone can beat anyone and if you are not on your game, you will leave points behind you. We need a top performance to come out of Sligo with any result.

“We’ve a very good squad and very good players, so it is about us going up and giving a performance like we have done against Bohemians, Dundalk and Longford.”

Suspension rules Cork midfielder Greg Bolger out of the game. Defender John Kavanagh and midfielder Garry Buckley remain out injured, though Alan Bennett, Colin Healy and Gearóid Morrissey, who had shipped knocks, are expected to be fit.

Sligo are without suspended striker Phil Roberts.

Tonight’s fixtures (7.45 unless stated) Premier Division:

Sligo Rovers v Cork City; First Division:

Limerick v Shelbourne (6.30)

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