Gray urges Warrenpoint Town not to rest on their laurels
Carrick Rangers 0-1 Warrenpoint Town
Barry Gray's feet were still firmly on the ground after his Warrenpoint Town side's win over 10-man Carrick Rangers lifted them off the bottom of the Danske Bank Premiership table.
Their 1-0 win at Seaview on Friday night also saw them leapfrog Gary Haveron's men in the battle to avoid automatic relegation and Gray admitted: "There's no doubt about it, it was ugly.
"We were probably more comfortable before we scored the goal than we were after it. The 10-man rule doesn't necessarily always go in your favour and we certainly didn't look like we had an extra man. It's a tight scoreline and they've got nothing to lose, so they are going to come at us. I'm disappointed at how we managed that part of the game."
Conor McDonald's header after Martin Murray's shot came back off the woodwork in the 49th minute was enough to lift Town off the foot of the table for the first time this season.
However, one win does not mean survival - a realisation which was not lost on Gray.
"Excuse me for not having the party banners and wee hooters and hats and stuff," he said. "It's nice for the players to be able to say they are off the bottom but there is still lots more to do yet.
"I think the game has taken its toll on most people, inside our changing room anyway. It's probably a wee bit close after it to feel any joy yet but at this moment in time it's more relief that the whistle has gone."
It was another frustrating night for Carrick, as for spells they were the better team, even when they were a man down after Glenn Taggart received a straight red card for a strong lunge on Johnny McMurray. It was a decision that Carrick boss Haveron did not agree with.
He said: "It was harsh. The linesman on the far side, who we weren't allowed to speak to, was shouting 'red, red, red' because the referee didn't see it, but Glenn Taggart won the ball.
"Going back years ago, not even that long ago, the crowd would have cheered for a tackle like that."