Brian McCaul's putting on a united front
It hasn't taken Brian McCaul long to learn that life as a Ballymena United player can be a bit of a roller-coaster ride.
An injury meant he had to sit on the sidelines as the then high-flying United emerged as outsiders for the title, but of late there have been few ups and an awful lot of downs with the Sky Blues free-falling down the table.
McCaul is now fully fit and has had a baptism of fire in Glenn Ferguson's miss-firing team, who will seek some solace tonight when Dungannon Swifts comes to the Showgrounds (7.45pm kick-off) in the quarter-final of the Wasp Solutions Cup.
And that's exactly what McCaul says he and his team-mates are looking for after losing Saturday's derby clash with Coleraine.
"We're trying to find solutions to the problems, but we're all human and make mistakes, that's just the way it is," he explained.
"But as a group we're 100 per cent united and determined to get out of this slump we're in.
"There's nothing worse than having to sit a week to try and rectify Saturday's game. Obviously the fans will be disappointed but hopefully with the cup quarter-final we can repay them by getting through.
"Some of the lads were saying that last year we went on an unbeaten run until Christmas, so hopefully we can stick together and get back to winning ways.
"On a personal level I just hope to get my fitness up and get a run of games.
The Swifts are also scratching around for wins in the league so for both it will be welcome respite, but McCaul knows it will be a tough fight for a last four spot against Darren Murphy's men.
"The last time we played them it was 2-2 and they'll be up for it, they always are, but we want to get back to winning ways and everyone is determined to do so," concluded the midfielder.