McDaid out to pile pressure on the Crues
David McDaid is targeting a derby win over Crusaders today to give his Cliftonville side a massive injection of confidence.
A home win would catapult Tommy Breslin's side six points ahead of the champions and begin to silence a few doubters who thought the Reds would stumble without Joe Gormley.
Gormley's departure to Peterborough sparked fresh fears the north-Belfast side would once again fail to keep pace with the Danske Bank Premiership big guns, but a Soilude success today would send out a big statement of intent.
Striker McDaid is the club's top scorer with four strikes so far this season and now he's hoping to cut the Hatchetmen down to size.
"It's far too early to be looking at the league table, but there's no doubt it would be a big win for us - any victory over Crusaders is a massive one," said McDaid.
"Just for confidence alone, it can have a huge impact and keep you in good spirits. The Crues and Linfield are top sides and we will need to stay in touch with them, but other teams like Glenavon and Portadown pose huge threats.
"Joe (Gormley) leaving left a void in the team, but all the boys are working hard and there's a great belief we can stay in the title race.
"The lads have been brilliant and there's a great team spirit here. You always want to score goals and that keeps your confidence high. I want to do my bit for the team."
Cliftonville dropped two points last Sunday in a 2-2 draw at Warrenpoint Town, but four wins out of five is an impresssive opening.
"You could say it was a slip up against Warrenpoint, but they are a very under-rated side and it is a tough place to go," added the former Coleraine and Derry City frontman.
"They are hard working and well organised, but we were not at our best and we will be looking for an improved performance against Crusaders."
The Crues will be without striker Michael Carvill who has an ankle injury.