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Sky Blues have to cut out errors: Ferguson

By Stuart McKinley

Published 12/12/2015

Teen star: Matthew Shevlin may return for Ballymena
Teen star: Matthew Shevlin may return for Ballymena

Glenn Ferguson believes things are going well at one end of the pitch for his Ballymena United team, but it's problems at the other that are costing his team.

The Sky Blues boss, however, is staying upbeat, despite winning just twice in the last 10 league games.

Putting the ball in the net isn't a major issue for Ferguson, with only Crusaders, Cliftonville and Linfield scoring significantly more goals than his team, but that fact that only today's opponents Warrenpoint Town have conceded more often shows where the problems lie.

After fightbacks away to the top two - Crusaders and Cliftonville - over the last couple of weeks just fell short of bringing points, Ferguson is hoping for a turnaround.

"When you go to the home of the champions and score two goals and then go to Cliftonville and score two goals, you're doing something right," said Ferguson.

"The problem is that we're conceding goals through making mistakes. If we can start to eradicate those mistakes then things will improve, because we have character and we have quality in the team.

"Last Saturday, Gerard Lyttle told me that when we got back to 3-2 he thought we could go on and win the game, but then they scored the fourth goal and that killed us off.

"We've had chances at 0-0 in recent games and if we can go out and get the first goal then hopefully we can go and build from there and we'll start to win more matches."

Although firepower hasn't been the main problem for Ferguson, he is due to welcome back Matthew Shevlin into his squad.

The teenage sensation has been missing over the last couple of weeks, but he scored against Cliftonville in a midweek reserve game and could figure today.

Shevlin has been the subject of some major internet from cross-channel clubs, with Crystal Palace, Sheffield United, Huddersfield Town and even the might of Celtic and Liverpool all linked with the 17-year-old.

With January just a few weeks away the opportunity for those teams to put their money on the table will present itself.

Whether a move materialises remains to be seen, but Ferguson would like to keep hold of his starlet a little longer.

"He's still a young lad, but when you see how well Matthew did at the start of the season he is a player that we'd like to have in the team," said Ferguson.

"I think there is still strong interest from Sheffield United and Crystal Palace, but there hasn't been any further movement from either club.

"January is only around the corner and I don't know if anything will happen then.

"Matthew is still at school and there is possibly a reluctance to walk away from that in the middle of the year.

"It would obviously help us and I think it would help him too if he stayed until the end of the season."

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