Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Quinn plays down return to Coleraine

Marty Quinn admitted last night that tomorrow’s trip to the Coleraine Showgrounds was one of the first he looked for when the fixtures were revealed.

However, the Bangor manager insists that, since then, it has just become ‘another game’.

Quinn was in charge of the Bannsiders for nine years before his shock move to the Premiership new boys Bangor in June and he knows it will be a strange day heading for the away dressing room for the first time in almost a decade.

After leading Coleraine to one Irish Cup victory, and two more finals, Quinn is rightly held in high regard in the North West.

As if to streghten the connections, a coach who worked under Quinn, Davy Platt, is now in charge at the Showgrounds.

However Quinn was quick to play that down.

“This isn’t about Davy Platt against Marty Quinn. There are 22 players involved from the start and it will all be about them,” he maintains.

“First and foremost, Coleraine are a club I hold in high regard. There are a lot of great people up there, but I want nothing more than to win that game on Saturday.

“I am totally focused on getting a result in Coleraine and I’m hoping the players can deliver that.

“I did have a quick look for this fixture whenever they came out, which is only natural, but to be honest as the time has gone on it has just become another game.

“I will certainly be preparing for this game in exactly the same manner as I did for Sunday’s game at the Oval.

“Coleraine have started very well and have won their first couple of home games and it is up to us to stop them making it three in a row.”

As for Quinn’s side, they have had a mixed start to the season with two wins and two defeats in their opening four outings.

However those defeats have come against title chasing Glentoran and Crusaders.

He added: “We were very disappointed to have come away from the Oval with a defeat and I think that is a mark of how far we have come.

“It was important that we reacted after a 5-0 defeat to Crusaders, which I felt was a bit harsh on my boys.

“I said before the start of the season, and I say again, that there will be teams down around the bottom of this League who weren’t expecting to be there and it will be interesting to see how they can handle that.

“We are expected to be at the bottom, but most of the other clubs in this division aren’t.”

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