Belfast Telegraph

Dentist Scannell out to drill Crusaders

By Stuart McKinley

During the week Chris Scannell works as a dentist.

And now the Cliftonville striker wants to brush up on his goalscoring after netting two high profile goals in midweek.

Scottish giants Celtic were bitten by the Reds, with the north-Belfast side beating a travelling hoops side 3-0 at Solitude on Tuesday night as Cliftonville marked their 130th anniversary with a memorable result.

All that was confined to history very quickly as within a matter of minutes after the final whistle manager Eddie Patterson brought his men back down to earth, reminding them that this afternoon’s Carling Premiership derby with Crusades at Solitude is much more important.

And it is a game that Scannell is keen to get his teeth into.

“As soon as we walked into the dressing room Eddie put the downers straight on us and said that's done, now Saturday’s coming and that’s what we’ve got to focus on,” said Scannell, whose two headers against Celtic came from crosses provided by his brother Ronan.

“He’s right, that’s our bread and butter and we’ve got to look to get another three points after taking three points off them at Seaview earlier in the season.

“It was a great night on Tuesday and a good celebration for the club, but it wasn’t so much about the football and who won or lost.

“It was about getting Celtic over, getting the stand open and celebrating the 130 years.

“The result was a back issue, we didn’t care so much about that, rather than having a good time.”

Nobody will be able to take Scannell’s brace against Celtic away from him. What he wants though is to follow it up with more goals.

This season hasn’t been quite as productive as last when he was a double Player of the Year, walking away with the Football Writers and Castlereagh Glentoran Supporters club’s prizes.

Now his target is simple, to start hitting the target with a little more regularity.

“I couldn’t hit a barn door for weeks, then I got one last Saturday to help us get a 3-3 draw at Coleraine and a couple of nice goals against Celtic,” he said. “I was particularly pleased with the second one. It’s about going on from there, both for me personally and for the team because we haven’t got the results we would have liked over the last few weeks since we beat Linfield 4-0.

“We’ll take confidence from the Celtic game. We went to Cork and put on a good performance and went on a run after that.

“There’s no bigger opposition for us this season, hopefully now we can go on and get a results against the Crues.”

The Reds challenged Linfield in the title race in both 2007 and 2008 before dropping away in the final weeks of the season.

So far in this campaign nobody has put together a run quite good enough to see them labelled as favourites to lift the Gibson Cup and that’s why Scannell is still harbouring the hope that the crown can return to north-Belfast after a 12-year gap.

“The league is so wide open and you look at Linfield’s result last Saturday against Crusaders and it tell you everyone is capable of beating anyone else in the league,” said Scannell.

“You always look back at dropped points and goals here and there that cost you points and we don’t want to be looking at too many of those.

“The team that gets a run together and gets some consistency will win the league. Over 38 games that’s what you need.”

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