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Oran Kearney not getting carried away by hot streak

By Adrian Rutherford

Rewind the clock 12 months and Oran Kearney was fighting for his job as Coleraine manager.

A poor return of five points from seven games had left the Bannsiders second bottom of the table, and Kearney under mounting pressure.

Now, though, everything has changed.

Coleraine sit fourth and can secure their fifth league win of the campaign at Glenavon today.

Kearney, however, isn't getting too carried away by their upturn in fortune.

"That is the nature of football - it ebbs and flows," he said.

"This is a very competitive league.

"If you hit a patchy run of form it can leave you, all of a sudden, three or four games without a victory.

"At the same time, if you show a bit of quality you can go on a run.

"I've been in the situation where I've been fighting and scrapping for points, whereas now we've had a good couple of weeks.

"Habits are very important in football and, as easy as it is to get into a losing run, a winning one is a nice one to get stuck into as well."

International call-ups led to Glenavon's Mid-Ulster derby against Portadown, scheduled for last weekend, being postponed.

It means the Lurgan side have had an extra week to prepare for today's game.

Kearney is expecting another tough test.

"I don't see any game as easy -there is no respite in this league," he continued.

"You don't look at a weekend and think, 'there's a match where we'll be alright'. You go from one dogfight to another.

"Glenavon are a side full of quality. They have a lot of really experienced players who have a lot of ability.

"They also have a big goal threat with the likes of Kevin Braniff and Eoin Bradley.

"We know we will be up against it and we will need a really big performance to get the three points."

A win today could take Coleraine second - depending on results elsewhere.

The Bannsiders have won their last three games, including a 3-0 win at Dungannon last weekend, but Kearney has urged caution.

"It is a great place to be but we can't get too carried away," he added.

"It is about doing the basics right and not looking too far ahead.

"I know it's an old cliché and everyone says it, but it is so important to just focus on the game in front of you and do your best in that.

"That approach has been working for us so far this season so there's no reason to change anything."

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