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Tommy Breslin bemoans injury woe as Cliftonville draw a blank

Coleraine 0-0 Cliftonville

By Keith Thomas

Champions Cliftonville huffed and puffed at Coleraine but couldn't deny the Bannsiders making their point.

Oran Kearney's men haven't lost to the Reds in all three meetings this season but the stalemate only confirmed Coleraine's place in the bottom six of the table.

A makeshift Cliftonville side survived a late blast and boss Tommy Breslin reckoned the weather was the only winner.

"The wind ruined the game so I suppose I have to be happy at getting a draw," he said. "We had 10 first-team players who couldn't be involved either through suspension or injury so we played with an unfamiliar defence, midfield and attack.

"That's part and parcel of football. The players didn't let themselves down. It's just been one of those unfortunate years in terms of injuries."

Chances were few and far between but Kearney reckoned his players had enough to steal victory.

"I'm happy to take a point off the champions but we edged it and had two or three great opportunities in the final stages of the match," he said.

"It would have been better to capitalise on enjoying the majority of the possession.

"The hardest part of football is scoring goals and that's why strikers earn the most money in this league."

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