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McGuinness making a big difference, says Reds' striker

By Colin Speer

Striker Davy McDaid believes Jason McGuinness has played a major part in Cliftonville's recent good form.

The big centre back has been a rock for the Reds, who kept their second clean sheet in a row in Friday night's 1-0 defeat of Coleraine.

"Jason has been an unbelievable signing. He's a leader and he's a mountain at the back for us," stated ex-Derry City man McDaid, whose side triumphed courtesy of a Stephen Garrett strike.

"He wins headers and that makes a difference for us because we have been lacking someone like that - a physical presence.

"He goes and heads the ball and he can play it out from the back as well, but I think as a team we have looked better defensively, with a better shape and hopefully it keeps going like that.

"Defensively at Coleraine we played a very good game and we had a couple of chances to win more comfortably, but I thought we looked solid throughout and we didn't give them many chances."

Next week the Reds take on Portadown at Solitude and, with Niall Currie set to be in charge of the visitors for the first time, McDaid is expecting a different Shamrock Park side.

"To be honest, there's no easy games in our league and, yes, Portadown might have a new manager and we have a good record against them, but with a new manager it will be a different team that we'll face."

The Solitude men have won four of their last five league games and McDaid is hoping to help prolong that run.

He added: "We are just taking things week by week and hopefully we can continue to keep the pressure on the sides above us."

As for Coleraine, gaffer Oran Kearney was slightly disappointed with his side's display.

"The performance for me wasn't good as we huffed and puffed a bit and, hand on heart, I still think we weren't just in top gear tonight," he admitted.

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