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One win can kick-start our season says Lisburn Distillery boss McCann

By Keith Bailie

Lisburn Distillery manager Tim McCann believes the Whites are a better team than the league table suggests.

Distillery currently occupy bottom place, below Donegal Celtic on goal difference, recording only two wins and one draw from their opening 14 matches.

McCann said: “I'm not despondent. I'd be more concerned if we were playing poorly every week and not creating chances, but that's not the case.

“I just hope that other people can see that we are playing good football.

“In my opinion we're in a false position. We've played teams that I don't think we are as good as, but we've failed to take our chances, and that's what it is all about.”

Distillery welcome Oran Kearney's in-form Coleraine to New Grosvenor today.

When the two sides met in September at the Showgrounds, Coleraine won 2-1 with Gary Liggett scoring a late consolation goal for the Whites. McCann believes he has a plan to stop the Bannsiders from going home with all three points.

“Coleraine will be a tough challenge for us as they're flying at the moment, but I believe there is a certain way you can play against them that will serve us well.

“If we get our tactics right and we take our chances then I believe we can get something from the game. It's vital to get something from this match as Donegal Celtic and Glenavon are playing each other.”

Distillery and Donegal Celtic are three points behind Gary Hamilton's Glenavon, who have failed to win any of their last seven league games.

The former Glentoran and Cliftonville winger believes that if his side could beat Coleraine, that would serve as a catalyst for them to climb the table.

“I think if we can get one win, then we can get another win and if we can do that then we will start climbing up the board,” said McCann. “It's amazing what two or three wins can do for you — it can take you right up the table.

“There is a tight group at the bottom of the league and I don't think there is very much between the sides. All I can keep asking of the players is to give the same effort and the same commitment and hopefully the results will start going our way. “

Meanwhile, Coleraine boss Oran Kearney has fastened his seatbelt for the roller coaster ride he knew the title race was going to be. Kearney knows what it takes to win the Gibson Cup from his time at Linfield and now he’s trying to inject that hunger, desire and belief into the Bannsiders.

But he knows there will be significant ups and downs.

“This league is relentless and teams are tough to beat,” said Kearney. “If you look at the results, everyone is beating everyone else but I still view Linfield as the team to beat and team to finish above.”

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