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Ballymena United: Walker only thinks positive

A trip away from the Ballymena Showgrounds is a welcome distraction for Roy Walker’s men tomorrow.

United have lost three out of three on their home turf in the last fortnight and will have no qualms about going to Solitude to face Cliftonville this weekend.

Walker is however choosing to look at the positives and that points to a strong away record, which they will look to build on against Tommy Breslin’s men.

“We’re unbeaten away from home. I don’t look at negatives because they are debilitating, positives are stimulating,” said Walker.

“So I think we have to look at what is positive about the play. Our away form is good and we have scored seven goals in two away matches.

“Going away from home is arguably a better proposition than playing at home, statistically.

“I’m not a big fan of these (artificial) pitches, there’s no point in me saying one thing and thinking another, but more teams are getting them so we’re going to have to play on them.

“We have a training pitch like theirs so it’s not like we’re not used to it so we’ll not make any excuses for it.”

Northern Ireland under-21 goalkeeper Wayne Drummond could also be included in the panel after Walker confirmed he has been in talks with the player and it looks likely the former Millwall and Rangers stopper will come on board.

The Sky Blues boss is also hopeful that the injury tide is beginning to turn as well with Allan Jenkins and Liam Watson likely to return to action at Solitude tomorrow.

United are coming off the back of a Co. Antrim Shield defeat to Linfield in midweek which was a tight affair and Walker was left to rue a late Gary McCutcheon strike ruled out for offside.

“We’re disappointed with that decision, there’s a hung jury on that one and certainly the player didn’t think he was offside,” said Walker.

“The ball came off two Linfield players and then came back out off the post as well so we’re a bit disappointed.

“I’m a bit disappointed overall because I didn’t think there was anything really between the two sides.

“We’re disappointed in the goal we gave away too because we felt it was a goalkeeping error and we were punished for it.

“At the other end their keeper has made a couple of great saves from free-kicks. On another night we might have had extra-time.”

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