Mallards ready to set the record straight

Ballinamallard manager Whitey Anderson is hoping for a response from his players

Ballinamallard manager Whitey Anderson is hoping for a response from his players

Ballinamallard United travel to Coleraine tomorrow (Saturday) eager to write the wrongs of the previous week’s game with Portadown.

Manager Whitey Anderson told the Herald his players have a point to prove. “Without a doubt they know themselves last week wasn’t good enough and they all want to put it right this week.

“The people I feel sorry for most are the supporters who travelled up and paid money to watch the game. They sang from the first minute to the last and we owe them a performance.”

“There’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to make this club succesful and we owe not only the fans a performance, but we need to produce a perfomance worthy of the club.”

Whitey has said the players will ‘go back to basics’ on Saturday.

“We will concentrate on doing what we we have been doing since last season in the top flight. We have one of the best defensive records in the league and we need to remember we didn’t become a bad team overnight.

“The situation is this, it is one game and three points. We still though got beat 11-0 and we have got to dust ourselves down and get on with it, there’s no point in crying about it.

“We need to concentrate on the performance on Saturday and if we do that the result will come.”

There was some good news to report from Saturday as long term injury absentee Stuart Hutchinson came through 70 minutes at right back. It was hoped he would be part of the reserves side that played Dungannon Swifts last night as he continues on the road back to full fitness. Whitey also had updates on the other injured players at the club.

“Davy Kee has had an injection in his heel and trained this week, James McKenna is still long term as is Mark McConkey, while Nigel Beacom is two to four weeks away.”

Alvin Rouse, who has not featured as yet in the league campaign is another nearing a return and was part of the match day squad against Portadown.

“He trained fully last Thursday and is training fully this week,” he added.

The management and players are all hoping for a response this week and Coleraine could yet feel the effects of a Ballinamallard backlash.


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