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Hughes: we’ll fight to perform great escape

By Keith Bailie

Carrick Rangers boss Michael Hughes believes his side’s amazing fightback against Glenavon could spark a late revival.



Carrick will go into today's game against in-from Ballymena United at the Showgrounds with a new sense of belief after they fought back from 4-1 down to claim a 4-4 draw against fellow relegation battlers Glenavon, with three goals in the last 10 minutes of the game.

The former Northern Ireland international said: “The guys were jubilant after getting a draw from the Glenavon game and they can't wait for the next match. We're only three points adrift now and that is only one win.

“I can't ask for anything more from my boys as they've given me absolutely everything they have. As crazy as it sounds, confidence is a high as ever. It's all to play and we're not going to give it up. We're going to fight and scrap for everything from now until the end of season.”

Hughes knows that his side face a tough task in the shape of Glenn Ferguson's Ballymena. United haven't lost in any of their last seven league games.

Hughes said: “Ballymena away is a tough game for anybody. Glenn has got Ballymena going really well, so it's going to be a big ask.”

Carrick are four points behind Glenavon who face Stephen Small's Donegal Celtic at Mourneview Park tomorrow. Gary Hamilton is faced with the task of picking his Glenavon side up, after they threw away a three goal lead to Carrick.

Hamilton said: “The last ten minutes of the Carrick game didn't bode well for future matches, but the only pleasing thing for me is we scored three goals last Saturday against Distillery and then four goals against Carrick on Tuesday.”

Elsewhere, Dungannon Swifts host Lisburn Distillery as the Swifts look to win their first league game in seven attempts.

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