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Tommy Breslin warns Cliftonville to stay focused

By Stuart McKinley

Tommy Breslin has claimed the psychological edge as Cliftonville look to take another step towards retaining the League Cup.

After beating Ards 4-0 in a Danske Bank Premiership battle on Friday night, however, the Reds boss is expecting to face a backlash from Niall Currie's team when they meet again this evening at Clandeboye Park.

And that's why he is warning his own players that their attitudes have to be right if they want to reach another final.

"When you play back-to-back games, a win like that can give you an edge, but I think Tuesday night will be a totally different sort of game," said Breslin.

"It's a one off game and Ards will know that they have nothing to lose.

"If we are complacent we will come unstuck. There is a final at stake for both teams and we will start again from fresh.

"I don't think the league match will have any bearing on how we play the semi-final. We start again from fresh on Tuesday, we will have to show the right attitude to beat Ards."

The Reds are unbeaten in their last eight games, winning six of them. In contrast, Ards haven't won since they beat Glenavon on penalties in the quarter-finals.

"Against Ards on Friday I didn't think we performed particularly well in the first-half," said Breslin.

"In the second-half we had more control of the ball and we played a lot better, so I was more than happy.

"Credit to Ards because they battle right to the last ball. They kept coming at us and because of that spirit we can't take them for granted in the semi-final."

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