Ballymena's Glenn Ferguson left breathless by last-gasp draw against Ballinamallard
Ballymena United 1-1 Ballinamallard
Glenn Ferguson has warned his under-performing players that they will be out on their ear unless they buck their ideas up.
While relieved that Gareth Rodger's last-gasp goal gave them a share of the spoils with Ballinamallard United on Saturday at the Showgrounds, he was less than impressed by their lethargic and uninspiring display.
It was very much a case of after the Lord Mayor's Show following the 6-1 hammering of Cliftonville last week with Michael McCrudden giving the visitors a deserved lead in the 68th minute before the on-loan St Johnstone man popped up to level in the third minute of injury-time.
"They can't do that now because we've got a squad of players now who are waiting to take their place and I've told them that," bemoaned Ferguson of his Jekyll and Hyde outfit.
"We told them as individuals they have a level to aspire to and if they do that collectively it will all come together so if three or four don't do it we can't carry them.
"There's no excuse for not working hard or not wanting to make a tackle or win a header. We all as footballers had off-days in terms of technical ability but the other stuff you don't have to be a good player to do."
He will be without left-back Michael Ruddy who blotted his copybook with an horrific tackle on Shane McCabe that rightly earned him a straight red card.
He was joined up the tunnel by McCabe who angrily lashed out at his assailant and Mallards manager Whitey Anderson is disappointed to be without his experienced midfielder who had just returned from injury.
"Shane has been injured and came back in and unfortunately now he gets sent off and he'll get a lengthy ban," he said.
"You can see how important he is to us on the pitch. I have no complaints though. It was a bad tackle by the Ballymena player and if Shane had been cute enough he would have stayed on the pitch and the other boy was off, but it's hard not to react."