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Ballymena United boss David Jeffrey has no defence for surprise Ards loss but demands big response

Ards 4 Ballymena United 2

By Keith Bailie

Ballymena United boss David Jeffrey accepts his team must defend better if they are to claim victory over Glenavon tomorrow night.

Second-half goals from Kyle Cherry, Emmet Friars and Gary Liggett gave Ards a surprise win on Saturday after the Sky Blues had led 2-1 at the interval courtesy of a bizarre Aaron Hogg own goal and a strike from Jonny McMurray, either side of Carl McComb's equaliser.

Jeffrey said: "I am looking for a response from my players against Glenavon.

"If we play like we did against Ards then there will be plenty of goals, but they won't be for us.

"I watched Glenavon against Cliftonville on Friday night and it was a superb game of football. Fantastic entertainment for anybody who attended.

"Glenavon may not have won but they played football of the highest quality. I'm certainly not fooled by a couple of recent results.

"Glenavon are a fantastic team and we will have to work very hard to beat them.

"I will want to see an improvement on Saturday's display, however it's important to keep things in context.

"I didn't overreact when we won big games, and I'm not going to overreact to a defeat. We are making baby steps in the right direction."

Ards will face Crusaders at the Bangor Fuels Arena tomorrow and boss Colin Nixon believes his side can give the champions a stern test.

"Before my time at the club, the boys ran Crusaders close on two occasions, so they have already proved that they are capable of giving them a game," he said.

"However, Crusaders are champions and league leaders, so it will be a big ask for us.

"Our confidence is high and we are unbeaten in three, so I don't think we have anything to be afraid of."

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