His team only need a draw to secure the SSE Airtricity League title at Oriel Park on Friday night but Cork City boss John Caulfield still believes that Dundalk are favourites to be crowned champions.
“We’ll head up to Dundalk next week. Everyone thinks their name is on the cup, they all think they’re the best team out there. Maybe they are, but we’ll go up, we’ll have a go off them and we’ll see how we get on,” Caulfield told RTE Sport after his side’s 1-0 win over Bohemians at Turner’s Cross on Friday night.
Six straight league wins have propelled the Leesiders to the top of the table. A lot of people questioned Cork City’s ability to last the pace and Caulfield said he was delighted his side had proved the doubters wrong.
“The crucial thing for us was that we had to keep winning to put them under pressure. We have done that. We have a lot of wins in the last six or seven weeks, a lot of 1-0 wins. We’ve dug in and we’ve done brilliantly. We’ve had to do that to keep the pressure on. If we hadn’t done that Dundalk would have won the league by now.
“We had no chance at the start of the year and we were knocked several times during the year. We got the win we needed here and we have brought it to the last game of the season.
“That’s all you can ask from the lads. They’ve been tremendous and isn’t it fantastic that we’re going up to Dundalk next week and the league is at stake?”