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Win vital in relegation battle insists Haveron

By Stuart McKinley

Gary Haveron has pinpointed victory over Warrenpoint Town today as crucial in Carrick Rangers' quest to win their fight against relegation.

And if his team can complete that mission then the Rangers boss will target winning the mini-league that he believes exists at the lower end of the Danske Bank Premiership.

Last Saturday's win at Ballinamallard United was only Carrick's third of the season, but it did allow them to move within two points of the Fermanagh men and just one behind Dungannon Swifts. With those two also meeting today it gives Carrick the perfect opportunity to move up the table from their current position just one off the bottom, with only Warrenpoint beneath them.

"We look from seventh place down and we've taken points off Ballymena, Ballinamallard and Dungannon Swifts, but we haven't had the chance to play them again," said Haveron.

"We did lose to Warrenpoint and now we have a chance to make those up.

"It was always our aim to win those matches against the teams who will be around us.

"Anything we got from the top six was a bonus, but it's hard when you put so much into games and frustrating."

Mallards' boss Whitey Anderson rounded on his players after the defeat to Carrick, more out of frustration after fighting back to draw with Linfield the previous weekend and he is demanding an improvement.

"There is no point getting yourself up to play against the bigger sides and then going out on to the pitch against the teams around you and playing with no urgency or game intelligence," he said.

"We had targeted these two games, Carrick and Dungannon and Dungannon had a good win on Saturday against Portadown.

"Every game is tough in this league and every game is big."

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