Belfast Telegraph

Kearney is still looking up

By Thomas Roberts

Oran Kearney insists he doesn't pay much attention to the league table which now shows his Coleraine side languishing just five points ahead of basement club Ards.

After eight consecutive defeats and rumblings of discontent, the former Linfield midfielder argues that he knows exactly whereabouts the Bannsiders are positioned.

He refuses to let results get him down and remains positive that a win will materialise soon – maybe even against the champions Cliftonville at Solitude on Wednesday.

Wishful thinking? Well, the Showgrounds boss isn't writing off his side's chances of delivering a massive shock and ending the pain game even though some fans are openly wavering in their support following a first derby defeat in 15 meetings with rivals Ballymena United on Boxing Day.

"I don't look at tables too much," he says. "I have a fair idea of what direction we have been going in and whereabouts we are at.

"Personally, I always look up. I think we are not too many points away from dragging other teams into this situation.

"If we were still in the same position come the 38th game I would be worried!"

Kearney draws comfort from the fact Coleraine defeated Cliftonville on their last visit to north Belfast in the televised game back in September, although he admits a run of injuries have hit hard with skipper Howard Beverland, midfielders Stephen Lowry and Michael Hegarty, plus strikers Shane Jennings and Gary Browne among the walking wounded.

"We had five players who sat out the Ballymena game and I absolutely need them to play 45 games a season. They are a massive part of this club but have missed too many games already."

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