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David Jeffrey demands Ballymena United step up

By David Mason

Ballymena United boss David Jeffrey will urge his boys to show their character when they entertain Glenavon at the Showgrounds tonight.

The Sky Blues are still licking their wounds following Saturday's Danske Premiership six goal mauling at Seaview.

Jeffrey, never one to mince words, admitted his boys were 'totally outclassed', but he is now demanding a response against Gary Hamilton's high-flyers.

"We'll not be the last team to leave Seaview this season on the back of a hiding," said Jeffrey. "But it just wasn't good enough from us.

"It was a harsh lesson of how not to defend."

Jeffrey, however, prefers to pluck out the positives from the debris of his team's display - and also use the champions' progress as a blueprint for his own club's future.

"I keep asking myself, where were Crusaders, Cliftonville and Glenavon 10 years ago? They were probably on the receiving end of results like ours.

"Look where they are now. I know it's going to be a tough, long road, but it's one that I've enjoyed so far and one that I intend to work very hard at."

"When we analysed the situation, we realised we had to make changes, but it will take time to get things right."

Jeffrey, meanwhile, has released defender Michael Smith, who has rejoined Larne.

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