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Bannsiders took eyes off the ball: Howard Beverland

By David Mason

Coleraine skipper Howard Beverland believes lightning will not strike twice when his team travel to the Belfast Loughshore Hotel Arena to face Carrick Rangers tomorrow.

The Bannsiders suffered a shock to the system last weekend when they were thrashed by Danske Bank Premiership basement boys Warrenpoint Town - Town's first league win in 17 matches.

Beverland is determined to prevent a repeat showing.

"It was a wake-up call for us," he said. "We took our eyes off the ball. We knew Warrenpoint were in a difficult position at the bottom and perhaps a bit of complacency crept in.

"So it grounded us in many ways. Maybe we didn't show Warrenpoint the respect they deserve. But we'll learn from it.

"They won again against Portadown in midweek which proved the result against us wasn't a flash in the pan."

Beverland admits the Carrick game is another banana skin, but is adamant they'll not slip up this time.

"We need to be tuned in right from the start," he said. "We'll be well prepared. Last week's defeat meant it was the first points we had dropped against one of the teams in the bottom half.

"It's vital we don't repeat that at Carrick. They have made a few good signings in the transfer window. Because of the poor condition of their pitch and due to postponements, they have a few games in hand over the teams around them in the table.

"Sometimes that can bring it's own pressure. But they have a good young ambitious manager in Gary Haveron and I know he'll be determined to keep them in the division."

Although the Bannsiders are flying high in fourth, just two points behind second-placed Cliftonville, Beverland insists it's important his team adopts a one game at a time policy.

"In this league, if you lose a few matches, you can find yourself sliding down the table," he added. "It also works the other way, win a few and you can catapult in the other direction."

Defender Jake Dykes will rejoin Ballinamallard for the remainder of the season.

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