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Oran Kearney looking for Coleraine to kick on

By Conor McLaughlin

Oran Kearney always believed his Coleraine side would turn the corner sooner or later and victory over Warrenpoint Town this evening would go a long way towards maintaining that momentum.

The Bannsiders commenced 2014 with a New Year's Day defeat to Cliftonville which extended their losing streak to some nine games but, after easing their minor relegation anxieties with a subsequent victory over Ards, Kearney's side produced a stirring Irish Cup performance in drawing with the Reds on Saturday – and the boss wants to see that level of performance matched at The Showgrounds tonight.

"At this minute in time, it's all about making sure we find gradual improvement from one game to the next," he explains.

"We need to build on what we've done in the last two games and really kick on to try and get better results on the board on a more consistent basis.

"I've been happy with what I've seen in the last two matches and it's amazing what a couple of decent results and performances can do because, though the dressing room was always united, everyone's been given a real lift and I suppose it's like a weight off their backs."

Kearney has wasted no time in adding reinforcements during the transfer window and the former Derry City duo of goalkeeper Eugene Ferry and striker Davy McDaid excelled at opposite ends of the park against Cliftonville on Saturday, while midfielder Joe McNeill – snapped up on loan from the champions – could be poised for his Coleraine debut tonight if Stephen Lowry fails to shake off a troublesome niggle.

Victory would lift the Bannsiders back above Warrenpoint and out of the drop zone.

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