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Warrenpoint boss Barry Gray points to crunch encounters

By Stuart McKinley

Barry Gray has described Warrenpoint Town's next three Premiership fixtures as 'huge' and the Milltown boss is adamant that everyone in his squad deserves credit for their tremendous turnaround and not just those who have joined since the opening of the January transfer window.

A week before Christmas Warrenpoint only had four points on the board and looked doomed, but whatever Santa Claus had in his sack for Gray has worked wonders, with 11 points collected out of a possible 15 since the turkey dinners were served.

That resurgence means that going into this weekend's action Point are just a single point behind Ballinamallard United, with Carrick Rangers and Dungannon Swifts two points further ahead - and the quirky nature of the fixture list means that those three are next up for Gray's men, starting with a trip to Stangmore Park this afternoon.

"We've a run of matches coming up that is huge for us," said Gray.

"These games against Dungannon, Ballinamallard and Carrick will tell us a few things as the split approaches and the big thing for me is that we are going into them in a good run of form.

"We're six unbeaten, with three wins in-a-row and that must be our best run since we got promoted.

"People have said that it's down to the players we got in during the transfer window, but the run actually started before any of them could play.

"I'm not saying they haven't had an impact, but I believe the main thing was that they came in fresh and hadn't been bogged down by a run of poor form."

Gray is now confident that his prediction that Point will stay up will come true, partly due to the mentality of his players.

"I always said that I believed we could stay up," said Gray.

"I suppose four or five weeks ago we looked at January as being our last roll of the dice and now - more importantly for me - the players have that belief too."

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