Patterson plays it cool after Bann win
Cliftonville will hit the top of the Carnegie Premier League table if they beat fourth place Newry City at Solitude tomorrow night.
Manager Eddie Patterson is taking nothing for granted, though.
Despite Saturday's comprehensive victory at Coleraine, Patterson refuses to get carried away on a wave of euphoria as his impressive team stays in the hunt for glory alongside champions Linfield and Glentoran.
And he is only too well aware of what Gerry Flynn's side are capable of after Newry dumped them out of the CIS Insurance Cup at the quarter-final stage.
"We have a long, long way to go before it's all over and we just take one game at a time," said Patterson.
"We will face a tough battle against Newry who are going well under Gerry Flynn.
"It is going to be another big game for us."
The Reds warmed up with an unbelievably straightforward success at Coleraine.
Francis Murphy scored twice - his second from the penalty spot - and George McMullan hit his second goal in as many games against a totally inept Coleraine.
It was a performance, however, that had Patterson much more pleased than in recent weeks.
"We've been bit-part playing in recent games, not going the distance, but we got to grips with this one early on and didn't let go," he said.
"I was pleased with the first-half performance particularly because we started well and carried that on.
"With the chances we created we could have been four or five up at half-time."
The Bannsiders' performance was so poor it left disappointed manager Marty Quinn struggling to put it into words.
"It was probably the worst I've seen in my times at the club," blasted former Reds boss Quinn.
"We couldn't do anything right at all and I don't know why that was.
"I had the players well prepared, but once they cross that white line there is very little you can really do as a manager.
"After that it is up to the players then to deliver and we just did not.
"It simply isn't good enough and a performance like that puts me under pressure."
He added: "I'm going to have a serious think about what happened and where we went wrong.
"There will be no panic measures and the two-week break will give me time to reflect on how things have gone."