Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Newry City must be a lot slicker, says Flynn

Newry City boss Gerry Flynn is playing his cards close to his chest but insists that whoever he selects to do battle with Ballymena United must be prepared to roll their sleeves up.

Flynn was critical of his players in the wake of Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Cliftonville when they surrendered an interval lead with a pitiful second-half display but has vowed there will be no repeat showing tomorrow.

“We got what we deserved against Cliftonville and that was disappointing because we looked like we were onto something good,” he explained.

“We shaded the first-half, got our noses in front, went in at half-time and never came out again. It’s a cliche, I know, but you have to play for 90 minutes or you’ll get absolutely nothing in this game.”

Ahead of that clash, Flynn had publicly backed his players despite their defeat to Linfield the previous week but admits that virtually nobody is guaranteed their place at The Showgrounds tomorrow.

He added: “Bar the goalkeeper, I could easily make wholesale changes after that second-half performance.

“That would be a little rash, though, so it’s been a case of looking at things in training this week and hearing what the players have to say about things before I make my decisions.

“Ballymena can be pretty unpredictable themselves and we need to be prepared for them being at their best.

“We know we can give anybody a game but it’s all about making sure we see things through.”

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