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Ballymena United must be more clinical, says Glenn Ferguson

By Stuart McKinley

Glenn Ferguson has declared himself happy with the amount of chances that his Ballymena United team is creating – so much so that the former goalscoring great would relish the opportunity to lace up his boots again.

The Sky Blues have emerged from a period where they scored just three goals in seven league games by hitting nine in the last four.

But, although they scored three against Glentoran last Saturday, it still wasn't enough to get anything from the game and that is something Ferguson wants to see change.

"We are scoring more goals than we were, but it's still a problem," said Ferguson, ahead of tomorrow's trip to Cliftonville.

"We scored three against Glentoran, but the guys in the stand who do the stats told me that we created 20 chances – 12 shots on target and eight off target – so we should be looking to score more, although at least getting three isn't too bad.

"I would love to be playing in a team that is creating that many chances in a game, but it's nothing new.

"Even when we lost 4-1 against Linfield, we created lots of chances. It's just a matter of putting more of them away."

That problem could be remedied with the return of striker Shane Dolan to training.

Ferguson also has a positive selection headache in goal, with Dwayne Nelson being given the all-clear after a suspected broken cheekbone, while Stuart Addis – who has deputised in the last two games – is expected to be fit after a slight groin strain.

And if Gary Thompson and Stephen McBride can prove their fitness, then Ferguson is hoping that putting his strongest team on the pitch on a regular basis will then lead to consistency in results and performances as he tries to climb the table.

"I think we are a better team than our league position suggests, but as far as form is concerned the table doesn't lie," added Ferguson.

"Against the better teams – Linfield, Glentoran, Crusaders, Portadown – we are going to struggle, but we should be beating the likes of Ards, Warrenpoint and Ballinamallard, but we haven't and we have to put that right.

"With players coming back others may be disappointed, but there are decisions to be made and I'm not afraid to make them."

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