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We'd love to do a Leicester but we'll stay grounded: Eoin Bradley

By Graham Luney

Coleraine striker Eoin Bradley hopes the Bannsiders can "do a Leicester City" and celebrate title glory this season, but the one game at a time philosophy has served the club well and they plan to keep it that way.

Oran Kearney's in-form side lead Linfield by three points at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership table, though the champions have a game in hand.

But the Bannsiders boast a perfect record so far and victory at Ards today would make it six league wins on the spin.

Colin Nixon's side secured a first league win on Tuesday night with a 1-0 success against Carrick Rangers, however Coleraine are showing their class this season and Bradley cannot see any complacency creeping in.

"The management team, from Oran (Kearney), Winkie (Murphy) and Trevor (McKendry), make sure the boys have their feet on the ground and no one gets carried away with a victory," said former Glenavon favourite Bradley.

"We've started the season well but you've really got to take it one game at a time as all the games are tough.

"But it's clear the club is moving in the right direction and there's a good blend of youth and experience. People outside the club can talk about winning titles but the lads are just focused on enjoying their football.

"If Coleraine were to go on and win the league it would be the equivalent of Leicester City winning the Premier League.

"Of course everyone would love to do a Leicester City and that's the goal but we are only five games into the season and at the moment it's about enjoying our football and maintaining momentum.

"We've taken on all the top teams so far apart from Linfield and the boys have great confidence but the challenge is to keep it going.

"I've been very fortunate in my career to win things in Gaelic football and soccer.

"Reaching cup finals and playing in Europe is special. We are on a great run and hopefully that continues.

"We have five or six top quality young players, boys like Ciaron Harkin and Brad Lyons to name just two, and they all have very bright futures in the game.

"The boys are focused and hungry but we have another difficult game against Ards this weekend and they will be confident after recording their first victory of the season."

Coleraine boss Kearney is also expecting a tough test at the Bangor Fuels Arena.

"Colin Nixon has Ards going well and we've never had it easy down there," said Kearney.

"I don't expect it to be anything different when we play them on Saturday."

Nixon praised his men after their midweek victory.

"To a man, they were excellent and I was delighted with them," said the Glentoran legend. "Their commitment and their application was superb.

"But the league table doesn't lie. We were rooted at the bottom.

"I don't think we have got what we deserved over the last few games, but hopefully our luck has now changed. And hopefully we can move on from here."

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