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Drummond keeps the faith in Ballymena United boss Walker

By Graham Luney

Wayne Drummond feels Ballymena United fans should get off the back of their under pressure manager Roy Walker.

Walker admitted he was considering his position after the Sky Blues slumped to a disappointing 5-1 derby defeat by Coleraine at Warden Street.

The faithful who have watched their side leak 21 goals in eight league outings will make the journey to the Oval for a date with Glentoran tomorrow with a due sense of dread.

Shot-stopper Drummond will never forget his United debut on Saturday— for all the wrong reasons. But the former Rangers and Millwall man has pleaded with the fans to keep the faith.

A midweek thrashing of Chimney Corner — 7-0 in the IRN-BRU League Cup — will fail to lift spirits but at least United can derive hope from their strong record at the home of the Glens.

“Ballymena United have done rightly at the Oval before and we have a lot of making up to do, not only to the fans but to the manager as well,” said Drummond.

“He has taken a lot of stick recently from the fans and in my opinion it isn’t fair. The manager keeps saying it but it’s us that do the business on the park and he can only put his trust in us and pick us.

“Obviously the manager wasn’t happy with the game and he felt more sorry for the fans and for the people who live in Ballymena who have to take the stick from the public.

“We’ve an opportunity to get a good result at the Oval and have people smiling again, hopefully getting us back on track.

“The manager simply wants us to show to him and everyone that we are good players.

“In any game when you concede five goals you are disappointed but when it’s one of the biggest derbies in the league the feeling is much worse.

“There’s been a lot of talking since last weekend and we have regrouped ahead of a massive game at Glentoran.”

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