Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Breslin hoping for a change in fortunes on his first away date

Tommy Breslin is hoping that a new beginning sparks a reversal in fortunes as he prepares his Cliftonville side for action this afternoon.



The Reds' recent record against Coleraine is anything but exemplary and it is approaching four years since they have tasted victory at Ballycastle Road.

That is a statistic which new Solitude supremo Breslin is keen to amend, although he acknowledges the Bannsiders will prove tough to beat.

“For a lot of Coleraine players, it will be their first home game for their new club and I'm sure they'll be keen to impress in front of their fans,” he said.

“Oran Kearney has come in and made a lot of personnel changes up there but they remain a quality outfit.

“You just have to read through names like Knight, McIlmoyle, Scullion and guys like that to see what sort of a threat they pose in attack.”

Even so, Breslin — taking charge of his first Premiership away date — has enough faith in his own squad to suggest they can come away with victory.

“We weren't at our best against Carrick Rangers last Saturday and we want to show we're better than that,” he added.

“Yes, we won the match and that's the most important thing but, for whatever reason, we didn't really do ourselves justice.

“These things happen in football, though, and we move on to the next game.

“It's a good sign when you can play below your normal standards and still win but I think we'd all prefer to marry the win with a good performance.

“We have good quality players right across the park ourselves and they won't be paying any attention to our recent record against Coleraine because, at the end of the day, it's all about moving forward so that's how we'll be approaching things.”

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