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John Caulfield: “Our supporters have a huge role to play”

John Caulfield says Cork City fans have “a huge role to play” when the Leesiders welcome Levadia Tallinn to Turners Cross on Thursday.

The SSE Airtricity League leaders picked up an impressive 2-0 victory in the first leg in Estonia against the 10 men of Levadia, but Caulfield is taking nothing for granted ahead of the second leg.

Gary Buckley and Steven Beattie scored two excellent goals to give Cork a strong chance of qualifying for the next round of the Europa League qualifiers.

The runaway league leaders are unbeaten in all competitions this season, but Caulfield has stressed that his side need to “manage the game properly”.

“You only get a certain number of games in Europe each year, if you’re lucky, and the ticket sales look very strong, so we expect another huge crowd because our supporters have a huge role to play,” he said.

“I think it is a different type of game now.

“Overall, I felt we were very good in the first half and I think 2-0 was a fair reflection of the game. At the same time, they know about us now and may change their formation.

“They need to come here and score to open the game up, so we need to manage the game properly. It is always a tricky situation because people may assume you are already in the next round, but you’re not and you have to approach the game properly.”

New signing Kieran Sadlier is ineligible until the next round, but Steven Beattie is available again after a brief injury scare.
Alan Bennett is facing a race to be fit for the second leg clash, while Johnny Dunleavy and John Kavanagh remain sidelined through injury.
Cork City v Levadia Tallinn kicks off at 7.45pm on Thursday.

Written by david_smith

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