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Glenn Ferguson is very impressed by Anderson's impact

By Billy Weir

It isn't that rare to find the two previous incumbents of the Manager of the Month award facing up to each other.

What makes it slightly more unusual tomorrow is that the two men in question - Ballinamallard United's Whitey Anderson and his Ballymena United counterpart, Glenn Ferguson - find themselves battling it out at the wrong end of the table.

As it stands both sides are in danger of being cut adrift of that all-important top six zone, currently separated on goal difference in eighth and ninth, with the men from Fermanagh just edging it.

Both sides had shown a decent upturn in form after shaky starts, hence Ferguson's September award and Anderson's last month, but both tasted defeat last weekend.

The Sky Blues were unfortunate to leave their hosting of Glentoran empty-handed while the award was something of a poisoned chalice for Anderson who saw his team thrashed by Gary Hamilton's Glenavon.

That defeat aside, Ferguson was over the moon that the man facing him in the dug-out succeeded him as Manager of the Month.

"I'm looking forward to it because it's a good club, Whitey is a good manager and you're always made to feel very welcome," he said.

"I'm delighted he won Manager of the Month because he puts a lot of work in down there. For them to come up and stay up as long as they have is great for them.

"The boys are looking forward to going down there, the pitch is immaculate, it's always great to play on. We like to get the ball down but it's always a tough game.

"But, thankfully, we've turned around our form down there. It was a long time before we got a win and we couldn't score for long enough but over the last few games we've turned it around."

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