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Donegal Celtic's Maye tells players to concentrate on their own results

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By Keith Bailie

Donegal Celtic manager Nicky Maye believes there is no point in looking at other teams' fixtures, as the Championship One relegation battle hots up.

With Armagh City, Ballyclare Comraders, Donegal Celtic, Dundela, Loughgall and PSNI all battling to avoid the drop, there is still plenty to play for at the bottom of the table.

Maye believes PSNI's shock 2-1 victory of league leaders Bangor proves that you can take nothing for granted in Championship One.

“We're certainly not out of trouble yet. I think we need at least two more wins to be certain of anything, so we have to keep up our hard work.

“I think the weekend proved that anything can happen in this division and that the teams at the bottom of the table can beat the teams at the top of the table.

“Before that, I'd been looking at other club's fixtures, trying to figure where they might pick up points. But to be honest, there's no point in that because this league is too unpredictable.

“You could look at the PSNI, for example, and say they have it tough, because they have to play Carrick twice. But the Police have just beat Bangor and Carrick have a lot of games to play so might suffer from fatigue. You can be certain of nothing in this division, so we just have to concentrate on ourselves.”

On Saturday, DC drew 1-1 with basement side Dundela at Celtic Park. With the home side 1-0 up at half-time, Maye was frustrated that his side couldn't hang on for an invaluable win.

“I would say it was two points dropped. The players were certainly disappointed after the game because we had plenty of chances.

“On the other hand, we cleared one off the line in injury time so it could have been a different story.

“I'm a manager who likes to look at the positives and this draw means we're now three games unbeaten. That gives us some confidence and it gives us something to build on.”

Maye's DC are six points clear of the drop zone with five games remaining. The rookie manager believes the fact the they have their next four games at home could make a major difference.

“The one thing we have in our favour is that our next four games are at home. We played quite a lot of games away from home at the start of the season, so we're finally getting a run of home games.

“We've still some work to do, but I'm confident we can stay up. We've a fantastic group of lads here and a great team spirit. They deserve a lot of credit for what they have achieved this season.”

DC play Armagh City at Celtic Park on Saturday, while Dundela travel to Loughgall. 

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