Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Eddie Patterson calls for Cliftonville to be ruthles

Cliftonville boss Eddie Patterson has an unlikely message for the team beaten 3-1 by Lisburn Distillery last time out — same again please.

The Reds travel to Dungannon today hoping to put to bed a sequence which has seen them lose four of their last five Carling Premiership outings, but Patterson has been encouraged by an improvement in performances.

“You have to make sure you don't get carried away in this game,” he said.

“When we were on a winning streak recently, we weren't shouting it from the rooftops or thinking we were world-beaters. In fact, we acknowledged that we'd been picking up the points without necessarily producing our best football.

“Then we hit a bit of a lull with poor displays in home losses to Portadown and Glenavon. We lost to Coleraine in a match where we actually did well up to a point, but let ourselves down in the final third.”

And the same applied last Saturday when, despite pummelling Distillery for 90 minutes at Solitude, Cliftonville somehow contrived to come out on the wrong side of a 3-1 scoreline.

“It's all about putting the ball in the net — Distillery were ruthless, we weren't,” said Patterson.

“We played some very good football and created a bucketload of chances, but didn't take them. A wee bit more composure in front of goal and I think we would have won the match.

“That's something we'll look to rectify because, as well as Distillery's goalkeeper played last week, you'd have to say we made it easy for him at times. We'd work our way into good positions, create openings and opportunities but shoot straight at him.

“We hit the post and the crossbar and rebounds just wouldn't fall our way, whereas at the other end I think the Whites had four chances and scored three of them.

“They fought really hard for their win, but we were left thinking that, with a bit more belief in ourselves in the final third, it would have been us walking away with the points.

“If we can play the same way against Dungannon, albeit with some better finishing, then I don't think we'll have too many complaints.”

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