Cork City manager John Caulfield believes the Rebel Army faithful will have a 'huge role' to play this evening at Turner's Cross against Levadia Tallinn. The SSE Airtricity League leaders secured a 2-0 advantage in Estonia after goals from Steven Be
Cork City manager John Caulfield believes the Rebel Army faithful will have a 'huge role' to play this evening at Turner's Cross against Levadia Tallinn.
The SSE Airtricity League leaders secured a 2-0 advantage in Estonia after goals from Steven Beattie and Garry Buckley gave Cork the first leg win over the 10-men Estonians.
With the Estonians down to ten-men for much of last week's contest, Cork will still have to get a positive result to make sure there are no nervous spells as they aim to face either AEK Larnaca from Cyprus or Lincoln from Gibraltar in the second qualifying round.
Speaking ahead of the game, City manager John Caulfield 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 ae already in the next round, but you’re not and you have to approach the game properly.”
Cork have been in unbeatable form this season in the SSE Airtricity League and have just been boosted by the capture of Sligo Rovers midfielder Kieran Sadlier.
Caulfield continued: “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.”
“It’s another game; they will be looking to score, silence the crowd and make it nervy. We are looking at a situation that, if we score first, it puts us in a great position. I think it will be an interesting match. Their manager is saying that they can play much better, so we will see.”