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Glenn Ferguson wants Ballymena United to aim higher

By Stuart McKinley

Glenn Ferguson has warned his Ballymena United players that they can't afford to drop beneath the high standards that they have set over the last two months.

Indeed the Sky Blues boss is issuing his men with the challenge of getting even better after moving to within just two points of a place in the top six.

Since drawing 2-2 in a thrilling derby against Coleraine in mid-October – a result which ended a five-game losing streak – Ballymena have cured their goalscoring problems and their only defeats have come against teams in the top five of the table.

"I've been pleased with our performances and even last week against Portadown we were creating chances with 10 men and I believe that we would have scored if we hadn't had Stuart Addis sent off," said Ferguson, ahead of tomorrow's trip to Glenavon.

"After coming through a period where we lost to Linfield, Glentoran and Cliftonville – although we could have got something out of a couple of those games – we went on a run where we scored four against Portadown in the League Cup and another four against Ards in the league.

"We've managed to keep that run going and we've been playing well. Now we have to look to kick on and see if we can get into the top six, but if we let the level of performance drop we will make things difficult for ourselves.

"It's very easy to lose three or four games in a row in this league and then you find yourself slipping down the table."

Ferguson is also looking further into the future with Johnny Taylor, Gary Thompson and Tony Kane all recently signing new deals at the club.

"We got a couple of boys tied up in the summer and then a few more lately and we will be looking to offer new contracts to others," said Ferguson.

"We have to keep the players we want and it's better to do things early, for them and the club."

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