Manager’s programme notes
Posted : 10th November 2018
Today we will face a very difficult game, as we welcome a Coleraine team that have proven very difficult to beat in recent seasons, both under former manager Oran Kearney and more recently, under their new manager Rodney McAree.
Coleraine will have drawn too many games for their liking so far this season and I’ve no doubt that it will not be long before they climb to a higher view position, than the sixth place they currently occupy in the league table. Our job is to ensure that that climb up the table does not start at our expense today.
Our visitors have several former Linfield players in their ranks and they will need no added motivation to turn in a good performance today.
Last week’s home game was hugely frustrating as on the day, we just couldn’t break down a stubborn Warrenpoint rearguard that to be fair, on the day fought and scrapped and put their bodies in the line, in an attempt to get points to move away from the wrong end of the table.
Andy Waterworth put his head in where it hurts, to salvage a point with an equalising goal with the last action of the 96 minutes and as disappointing as the day was overall, that single point is better than a nil return and could still prove vital at the end of the season. I was pleased with the effort and courage of the players in keeping going until the very last second of the game, when teams with lessser character and resilience might have just written the day off as ‘one of those days’ when nothing seemed to go right.
Our injury list continues to mount. Andy Mitchell and Andy Waterworth picked up injuries in last week’s game and they join our other doubt for today’s game in Chris Casement, as well as our longer term absentees, Daniel Kearns, Lorcan Forde, Ryan McGivern, Cameron Stewart and Mark Haughey.
Josh Robinson returned to action in last week’s game and as always, unavailability of certain players provides opportunities for others and it is down to the players in today’s squad to prove that they are worthy of wearing the blue jersey in today’s highly atttactive and no doubt challenging fixture.
It’s great that the Kop Stand will again be partially open in today’s game and let’s hope our support are here in numbers and that our players give the supporters in both the South and Kop Stands plenty to cheer about in today’s hugely important game.
Please get right behind the players from the very first to the very last minute.