Ryan McCann believes Lisburn Distillery reserve some of their best football for tussles with Institute - but admits he’s not sure why.
The former Linfield midfielder hopes they make it three out of three this season against ‘Stute today.
"We've always seemed to do fairly well against them, although those sort of things are always hard to put your finger on," McCann said.
"The last game against Institute, up at their place, was probably one of the best games we've played all season. Obviously we would like to carry that on this afternoon, but they've been doing very well themselves this season.
“We went through a bit of a barren spell there, but felt we we’re coming out of it, so it was disappointing that our game last Saturday was off.
“But then we had a good, hard earned point at Coleraine in midweek, so that was good to carry on that form. To be honest, even during that poor spell I didn’t feel we were playing that badly.
“It seemed to be that every single mistake was being punished, and you seem to go through spells like that.
“Even in the semi-final against Newry I thought we played pretty well, but just didn’t seem to get the breaks on the night.”
Looking at the bigger picture and McCann believes the Whites have their sights set on a top three finish this term.
“The top four is certainly a target for us. We always want to improve on the season before, so it would be good to go one better than fourth. We have to keep looking at third with Crusaders currently there. They’re doing very well this season, but have a tough game themselves against Linfield tomorrow,” he added.