Belfast Telegraph

Glenn's happy with new strike plan

By Ian Cahoon

Ballymena United boss Glenn Ferguson has lavished praise on club captain Allan Jenkins for the unfamiliar attacking role the Scotsman has adopted.

Jenkins, more used to the engine room of midfield, has been asked to lead the line for the Braidmen of late and has done so to great effect.

While the club's recognised strikers looking on Ferguson has challenged them to learn from former Gretna man.

"He's been excellent in the last three games, since we put him up there," Ferguson said.

"We've been struggling up there of late and it's no reflection on the other boys but the ball wasn't sticking up front.

"Ultimately it was coming back at us and putting us under pressure, so we wanted the ball to stick a bit more and for people to go and join him.

"It's been working, we were creating chances but it hadn't really paid off until Tuesday night when it all happened in one go.

"This season alone we've played him (Jenkins) in central defence, central midfield and centre midfield.

"They say good players can play anywhere, he's been about the game a long, long time and he's been a professional so he knows the game and knows positional sense.

"Whether he can maintain it at that level we'll wait and see but the other players can see how it should be done and they should be chomping at the bit go and do it now."

United welcome Ards to the Showgrounds tomorrow for what pits together two sides from the league's bottom three.

Ferguson is demanding a huge improvement from the last time the two clubs met, which ended in a 2-0 defeat for his men.

"That game was probably the worst we've played this season," he added.

"We know now what to expect and they have picked up some good results of late and went all the way against Glenavon on Tuesday night.

"We need to follow up the result against Portadown with another good performance because there's no point in doing it once and falling down again."

The good performance Ferguson refers to was their 4-0 midweek win over Portadown which booked their place in Saturday's League Cup semi-final draw and was their best showing of the season, according to the boss.

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