Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Kearney: title glory within Coleraine's grasp

Oran Kearney believes his Coleraine players have found the extra factor that could land the club a first title in almost 40 years.

The former Linfield midfielder says: “I was a winner as player and I want my players to be winners.

“I don’t want anyone in my dressing room who doesn’t believe he can win the league title and I can honestly say I don’t have a player who doubts what we are about.”

Coleraine barely got out of first gear to dismiss Dungannon Swifts 2-0 to rejoin Cliftonville at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership.

Kearney said: “I believe we can win the league. We are good enough and I think we have the hunger for success.

“That is something we had at Linfield when I was playing and I can see that desire to succeed at Coleraine.

“I think we turned a corner with this victory.

“It was all about the way we were professional and got the job done professionally.”

Kearney has been preaching to his players that they must learn how to shut up shop when they take the lead in games.

“For the first time since I came here I saw that ability clearly demonstrated and that pleased me,” added Kearney whose side travel to Glenavon tomorrow.

“If we can hold firm from a position of advantage then we have made a significant stride forward in our development.”

The Showgrounds manager added: “I don’t look at league tables but there is no point in us being up at the top now and not being there at the finish.

“We have to be consistent because two slips and you go from everyone taking about you to a position where you drop off the radar.”

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