Cliftonville manager Jim Magilton wants his side to be able to kill teams off
Jim Magilton will be hoping his Cliftonville side produce their Sunday best against Carrick Rangers but the players will need to bring their shooting boots with them to the Loughview Leisure Arena.
The 2pm kick-off on a Sunday may be unusual but the manager’s cry is a familiar one — kill teams off.
Although the Reds saw off Newry City 1-0 in their last Premiership test, the north Belfast side endured an edgy finish due to their failure to convert chances.
“We’ve had all these chances and then the footballing gods give them two corners in injury-time and you just start to wonder,” said the former Northern Ireland midfielder after the narrow win. We had to defend them and we did that, so there was relief but also an acknowledgement that we have to be more ruthless. Doing that gives you breathing space and a little bit more opportunity to be composed — but this game was just about winning.”
Carrick boss Stuart King is hoping his side can make it three League wins in a row.
“We were able to back up the great win at Glentoran with another result at Dungannon Swifts which is really important,” he said. “We have great attacking players who push each other and drive standards through the roof.”
Glenavon manager Stephen McDonnell, meanwhile, wants his side to show their true colours at home to Loughgall today. The Lurgan Blues have won three League games on the spin but lost to Dungannon Swifts in a Mid-Ulster Cup Semi-Final earlier this week.
“We are coming off the back of a disappointing result so we need to re-energise ourselves,” said McDonnell.
“It will be an extremely tough encounter against a Loughgall side who play with real energy and bite.
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