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Kee enjoying Institute's early cushion

Institute 1 - Warrenpoint 0

By Colin Speer

Institute boss Paul Kee was happy his side picked up another three points to climb into fourth place in the Danske Bank Premiership – but he wasn't satisfied with their display against bottom side Warrenpoint Town.

The Drumahoe gaffer is renowned for getting his sides to play good attractive football, but their performance at the weekend was more of a roll-your-sleeves-up job.

"We didn't have a great day at the office but we had a winning mentality last year and it has carried on in difficult circumstances, with players missing, but we have a good team ethic," he stated.

"To put eight points between us and them (Warrenpoint) at this stage is a good return.

"If you had offered me that from the first five games I would have taken it.

"We're in the top four now so the fact that we're up there is a signal of intent towards the other teams but we need to get the momentum going.

"The whole game, they made it difficult but our defence was excellent and Rory Kelly when called upon did well.

"We were more interested in holding onto the goal than trying to score a second and we got edgy. But ultimately it was about getting the three points and we got them, even though we've played better in games and lost."

Kee's opposite number Barry Gray was bitterly disappointed that his side suffered their fifth league defeat in as many outings this term, but believes their fortunes will turn.

"There is no panic, we are still bleeding in players to our starting XI, so new players are starting to find their feet in the division so hopefully they are now over that hump," he said.

"The games don't get any easier as we face Dungannon Swifts on Tuesday night, then Cliftonville, Linfield, Crusaders and Portadown, so the new players in particular don't get much time to recover.

"But we put in a decent performance at Institute, probably our best of the season and I want the players to carry that form on now and hopefully our luck will change sooner rather than later."

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