Lisburn Distillery goalkeeper Phillip Matthews was full of praise for new manager Tommy Wright after the Whites picked up their second win in succession against a struggling Newry City side on Saturday.
After an horrendous start to the campaign, Distillery have taken maximum points from their last two games and Glenn Ferguson’s 88th minute penalty — after Gareth Corey had been fouled by Ross Black — edged them to victory and, while still bottom of the table, theynow sit just four points off second bottom Institute.
Matthews says that, since Wright’s arrival, they could have even been off the basement position had the luck gone their way.
“It’s been so different since he has taken over. In the five matches, we probably been unlucky to lose three of them but the atmosphere is buzzing in the changing room,” admitted the keeper.
“Tommy has been there, got the t-shirt and played for his country and he’s a motivator. But there was paint coming off the walls at half-time because we weren’t playing well. But it worked because we responded and who else would you want to take the penalty kick but Glenn Ferguson.
“He came in and said that we shouldn’t be in the position we’re in.
“If you look at the squad, there is fantastic quality all through it. People have said that there were big changes in the summer but there hasn’t been.
“There have been three players out and maybe three or four in and now we’ve got Spike back, if you give him the ball he will score goals. He was out for four or five weeks and that was when we struggled.”
With Dungannon Swifts to come tomorrow night, a side that were top of the table at one point but who have now slipped down to fifth, Matthews says that the side are confident of going and getting the result.
“Confidence is high and Dungannon have started a wee blip at the minute, but they are a good side and will give us a tough match.”