Belfast Telegraph

Fighting to avoid drop is Carrick boss Haveron's main focus

By Stuart McKinley

Gary Haveron has ignored all thoughts of ending Crusaders' hopes of a league and Irish Cup double, because he believes that Saturday's quarter-final clash with the Crues is the least important game of the week for Carrick Rangers.

Warrenpoint Town's superb run of form has seen Carrick slip to the bottom of the Danske Bank Premiership and right now that means points are more important than plotting what would be considered a Cup upset against Stephen Baxter's men.

The importance of tonight's game, which has been switched to Seaview because of the ongoing problems with the Carrick pitch, is clear as Rangers are two points behind Warrenpoint with two games in hand.

"My focus is on playing Dungannon Swifts - it's a much bigger game for us and one that we have to be fully focused on," said Haveron.

"We need to get points on the board and I felt that we should have come away with more on Saturday at Portadown than a 0-0 draw, especially when we were up against 10 men for more than half of the game."

Haveron's task has been made more difficult due to the fact that his team has only been able to play two games at their Taylors Avenue home since October and now they have had to relinquish home advantage to the Crues for the Cup clash.

"I am extremely fed up talking about our pitch. It's the one thing that I get asked about the most," said Haveron.

"We'd hoped the issue would be resolved, but we can't stop the rain coming out of the sky."

Haveron will have Andrew Doyle, Joe McNeill and Brian McCaul available again after suspension.

Dungannon - who have won three in a row in the league since a 2-2 draw with Carrick three weeks ago - are without the suspended Chris Hegarty.

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