Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Carson’s not complacent as Coleraine top table

Stephen Carson insists Coleraine are under no illusions about what is ahead of them in the JJB Sports Premiership this season.

Carson hit his first goal of the season as Coleraine slipped into pole position in the table by making former boss Marty Quinn’s first return to the Showgrounds since his departure for Bangor an uncomfortable one.

The former Rangers winger says: “We may be out in front for now but nobody in our dressing room is getting carried away!

“We have to go to the Oval and Windsor Park in our next two games so there is no room for complacency.

“But we also have to believe in ourselves and what we can achieve. If we have a failing I think it is simply that we don’t have enough confidence in our own ability.”

Carson admits Coleraine were slow to warm up to Saturday’s challenge but once he and strike partner Richard Gibson breached the Bangor defence twice inside 60 seconds, the writing was on the wall for the Seasiders.

“I have taken too long to get my first goal but I hope I can deliver more.

“I’ve been asked to push forward along with Richard and it seems to be working well.

“I have set myself a target of 20 goals this season which would be a huge plus if I can deliver.”

Quinn has to lift Bangor spirits with a visit from champions Linfield next on the cards.

“It was rank bad defending that handed the game to Coleraine after we had made a good start and we have to look at that before we face the Blues,” he said.

“I have told the players not to put up excuses for this defeat. They have to knuckle down and prepare for the next assignment.”

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