We're all behind Glenn Ferguson says Ballymena United's Allan Jenkins
If anyone believed that Glenn Ferguson had lost the dressing room at Ballymena United, then his players' reaction to their last-gasp equaliser against Carrick Rangers on Friday night told a tale.
Allan Jenkins' late goal rescued a point for the Sky Blues after they had played virtually the whole game with just 10 men and he and his team-mates immediately ran to the dug-out to hug the manager.
It was a united front that he hopes will bring better times, starting with tonight's potential banana-skin trip to Castledawson to take on Moyola Park in the JBE League Cup, with Jenkins in no mood for any slip-ups.
"To come away from the game with nothing would have been an injustice and provided more ammunition for people to have a go, but I think there was a performance that at the very least deserved a point," he explained.
"Hopefully it's a positive step for everybody, we want the crowd to get behind us, which they have done. They criticise, which they have the right to do, but it's a positive step.
"We have to build again, there's no point going to Moyola Park and tossing in another lacklustre performance and coming away with nothing.
"The man in there (Ferguson) has backed me, he's given me contracts and as long as he backs me he'll get 100 per cent on the pitch and that (celebration) was a show of togetherness on the pitch and in the dug-out and hopefully that carries into the stand as well.
"We have to get out of it together. Booing doesn't help anybody. Yes there's frustration and we had a few choice words with ourselves at half-time, but we need to stick together.
"It's a start. If we'd come away with nothing the jungle drums would have been beating again but it's up to the players to carry that on.
"Moyola Park made it difficult for us in pre-season so it won't be an easy game but if we can show that level of commitment, desire and ability we can do the business."
That will be music to Spike's ears, who knows what to expect having played the Championship Two side a few weeks ago.
"The good thing is we took a pre-season friendly against them unbeknown that this was going to happen, so the majority of players know what to expect, know what the ground is like and know how difficult it is going to be," he said.
"Moyola will be up for it because it's a cup competition and for the underdogs it's their cup final to try and get into the next round, so they will certainly give it everything they have and we need to be prepared for that."