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Playing the Wright way sees Lisburn Distillery aim high

By Billy Weir

Tommy Wright has been delighted to shove two fingers up at the detractors who question his style of football.

With Premiership survival guaranteed, the Lisburn Distillery boss finishes the campaign with an outside hopes of finishing in ninth place.

It has been a remarkable turnaround at Ballyskeagh, where the Whites entertain Coleraine tomorrow, and he is less than impressed with those that suggest that it has been brawn rather than brain that has achieved the great escape.

A look at the team-sheet would seem to prove his point — Glenn Ferguson, Gary Browne, Peter McCann and Neil Gawley are just a few of the cultured players Wright has been able to call upon.

“Names don’t win football matches,” barked Wright.

“To be fair to our boys, we’ve had to fight tooth and nail for what we’ve got but along the line we’ve played good football.

“The goals have come from all over the pitch, centre-halves, wide players, midfielders, and last week Gary Browne, playing in left midfield, got two great goals.

“We’ve not only fought for each other and fought to stay in the league, we’ve also played to stay in the league because we needed that quality to get on that run we needed. Fighting and scrapping can only get you so far.

“We never were long ball, that was people who don’t know a lot about football.

“People may have criticised us in the past but when I was at Limavady we scored over 100 goals in two league seasons, so you play effective football.

“We have the players that can play football and we’ve done that. And we’ve done that consistently now.

“We only did it in spells when I came but we’re doing it consistently now and that’s why we’ve got the rewards we have.”

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