Practice makes perfect for my revitalised Reds, reveals Lyttle
Gerard Lyttle says repetition is the secret to Cliftonville's recent upturn in fortunes. Following an inconsistent start to the season, the Reds' 2-1 victory over Linfield on Tuesday night was their seventh win in eight outings - the only aberration being a derby defeat to Crusaders when they contrived to concede a three-goal lead in a shambolic 25-minute spell - and the Solitude boss maintains it's all down to his players applying their training ground routines in competitive action.
"We do a lot of ball work on a Tuesday and Thursday night and the players are comfortable with one-touch and two-touch football," he explained ahead of this afternoon's Danske Bank Premiership encounter with Glentoran at the Oval.
"It's taken us a little while to settle down and find any kind of form and you could maybe put that down to all sorts of things.
"We've had injuries, player unavailability and all sorts of things that have stopped us having a settled team. Over the last month or so, though, we've not made too many changes and we're seeing the rewards of that.
"You always need one win just to get you going and to get your confidence levels up. Once the players started believing in themselves you could see them growing in confidence out on the pitch. That's when you'll try new things, want the ball and be brave in possession.
"I've always told the players I want that from them and I'm not the sort of manager who's going to hammer them for it when things go wrong.
"I can hardly ask them to work on certain things and then lose the rag when a pass doesn't come off."