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Crusaders manager Baxter hopes it ‘Raines’ goals again

Stephen Baxter is anticipating another goal feast at the Coleraine Showgrounds tomorrow — just like the 5-2 hammering the Crues dished out in November.

The north Belfast side have scored more goals than any other team in the top flight this season and Baxter is naturally hoping his side finish top of the goalscoring charts.

However, more importantly, he is hoping to toast a third place finish in the league — with Irish Cup glory thrown in to boot.

“Our last fixture at Coleraine was a brilliant game and it’s refreshing to know that all the teams are prepared to attack one another,” he said.

“At half-time against the Glens I put David Rainey on and said let’s attack them. We have confidence in our own ability to do that but other teams are the same.

“Coleraine have beaten Linfield and Glentoran in their own backyard so no-one is frightened of anyone.

“I thought a few Glens fans were going to have heart attacks when we tested them on Tuesday but that’s the nature of this league.”

Baxter feels his players deserve to finish the season on a high note. He added: “I’m thrilled and proud of the players for the commitment and ability they have shown since the first ball was kicked this season.

“Even against Glentoran who beat us 1-0, we put them under a lot of pressure and the break of the ball just didn’t fall for us.

“The cup final will look after itself and we will give it our best shot but a third place league finish is what I have been concentrating on. The prize for us is third place which is still on for us as we are three points ahead of Lisburn Distillery with three games to go. We will try and get a result at Coleraine and if we can manage that it will be a long way to cementing that third place.”

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