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Promotion-chasing Ards have work to do, insists Currie

By Keith Bailie

Niall Currie is adamant that his team still have work to do before they can call themselves a Danske Bank Premiership side.

Ards travel to Knockbreda tonight (6.30pm) in the knowledge that a draw will see them win Championship One and claim promotion to the top flight.

Even if they lose, the Red & Blues have another chance to gain that vital point when they play Loughgall at the Bangor Fuels Arena on Saturday.

Currie said: "As far as I'm concerned there is still a lot of work to be done.

"People are talking as if we've won it and that's not the case at all. I'm certainly not interested in talking about the Premiership.

"We may only need a point but we have two very difficult games to play in the space of three days. Knockbreda gave us a good game recently and Loughgall have already defeated us this season. We will need to fight to earn that point."

Tonight's game pits Ards against seventh-placed Breda and Currie added: "They are an excellent team in my opinion. They showed that last week when they beat the Welders.

"I know Raymond Bell will have them pumped up. Nobody wants to see another team win a league on their ground.

"My boys were excellent on Saturday when they defeated Institute in Drumahoe and we will need that same sort of performance again at Knockbreda if we are to get the point we need.

"After the Dergview and Armagh City defeats, I know people were doubting us. Not just people outside the club, but the supporters and the committee were starting to get nervous.

"I think the players deserve a lot of credit for how they responded to that. We went to Lurgan Celtic and Institute, two of the best sides in this division, and won two tight games.

"Nobody gives you points at this stage of the season, you have to earn every result. It's no surprise to me that both ourselves and the Welders have lost recently because this is a very difficult division."

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