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Anderson hopes Mallards will be flying at Ferney

By Graham Luney

Whitey Anderson is hoping a few home comforts will help Ballinamallard United's Premiership campaign take off.

The Fermanagh outfit started with three tough away fixtures and, after two 1-1 draws with Coleraine and Dungannon Swifts, they crashed to a 3-1 defeat at Crusaders last weekend.

But Ferney Park will look the part on Saturday for the visit of Glentoran.

Four of the next five league fixtures for the Mallards will be on their own patch, offering Anderson's boys a chance to climb up the table.

The first victory of the campaign is always a major target and the United boss is confident it will come sooner rather than later.

"I thought we played very well in the first half against Crusaders and defended well in difficult conditions as there was a strong wind blowing at Seaview," said Anderson.

"When Johnny Lafferty and Anthony Elding get more match fitness we will get the best of them.

"Four of our next five league games are at home so it's important we get more points on the board.

"It's important to get the first win because it lifts confidence.

"But we will dwell on more positives than negatives.

"We kept a good shape against Crusaders but just had a few players that aren't fully fit.

"We know how Linfield feel! But this is nothing new to us.

"We played our home games in Armagh (Holm Park) for 18 months when Ferney Park was being worked on."

After the Glens battle, the Mallards will be on the road to Ballymoney United in the League Cup on Monday.

Their league programme then sees Cliftonville arrive at Ferney Park before a trip to Glenavon, then home clashes with Ballymena United and Institute.

"We are still competing well and creating chances," added the Mallards boss.

"We just need a few breaks and things will improve.

"It's not easy playing your first three matches away from home, psychologically as much as anything else.

"I think it's going to be a tough, competitive league and it's too early to make predictions.

"Ballymena United look strong after signing some good players they will be confident after hitting top of the league.

"But with 38 games in total we just have to settle down and work hard in training.

"We'll look after ourselves and we are looking forward to facing Glentoran in our first home game of the season on Saturday. Hopefully, it's our first win."

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