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Ballinamallard critics aren't realistic, says Anderson

By Stuart McKinley

Whitey Anderson believes his Ballinamallard United team is being judged unfairly, because of their fantastic performances in their debut Premiership season.

Two years ago the Mallards stepped out of the Belfast Telegraph Championship and soared to a top-five finish, falling just four points short of a place in Europe.

In contrast the Fermanagh men ended last season third from bottom, but Anderson laughed off the 'second season syndrome' remarks and set about building an even stronger squad.

Former Leeds United striker Anthony Elding arrived in the summer as their marquee signing and after failing to win in their opening six Premiership games of the season, he scored in last weekend's 3-0 win over then league leaders Ballymena United as the Mallards answered back their critics.

"People refer to our first season in the Premiership a lot, but I am glad that we had the season we did," said Anderson, who faces Institute tomorrow.

"The fact that we haven't done as well since has been used as a criticism, but you need to look at things realistically and with some perspective.

"What we achieved then was phenomenal for a small club like ourselves that was just out of intermediate football.

"We did very well and I am confident that if we keep our key players fit we will be competitive in the league.

"It was a relief to get the first win last week, although I knew that it would come.

"The performance really pleased me because we played well from start to finish and now we can push on."

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