Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Wright wants three 'n easy win

Tommy Wright is unsure which version of his Jekyll and Hyde Ballymena United team will turn up to face Dungannon Swifts this evening.

The Sky Blues boss watched as his players controlled the first-half of Saturday's Premier League game against Crusaders at Seaview before they fell apart after the break.

The Crues went on to win the game 3-0 as Ballymena went down without so much as a whimper.

A 3-0 scoreline is what is needed for Wright tonight as they must win by at least three goals at Stangmore Park to have any chance of making the quarter-finals of the CIS Insurance Cup.

They also have to hope that Linfield don't lose to Glenavon, with a trip to the Oval to take on high-flying Glentoran the dubious reward for whoever finishes second in Group A.

"Normally I would say it is a good thing to have a match so quickly after losing on a Saturday because it gives the players a chance to respond immediately," said Wright.

"After the second-half performance against Crusaders though I am not sure it if is a good thing or not. We didn't have a training session on Monday night, so the players will have time to reflect and hopefully they will have the attitude that they want to put things right."

Twice in this season's CIS Cup Ballymena have scored three times in a game, but this time they need a clean sheet too.

"I know what we need to do and it would be like us to go out and win 3-0 after Saturday," said Wright.