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Wright tries a little wry humour to spark the Braidmen

By Billy Weir

Ballymena United have no chance of pulling off an upset at Windsor Park tomorrow.

That's the view of Sky Blues' boss Tommy Wright although tongue is firmly in cheek as he prepares his side to take on the champions for a third time this season.

Having shipped in five goals on the opening day and then another three when David Jeffrey's men made the journey up the M2, then you can understand where he's coming from.

Five defeats on the bounce have further strengthened the feeling that rather than sky blue scarves the ever-diminishing United faithful should be waving white flags.

"Big Davy won't have slept much this week, and he certainly won't have had much beauty sleep," Wright said, with more than a hint of gallows humour,

"At the minute we've no hope, up there, with the luck we're having, absolutely no chance."

However, despite his protestations to the contrary, there were green shoots of recovery to be seen in last weekend's home defeat by Cliftonville.

"There are signs there that we can get out of it and among the players, even in defeat, there was a wee bit of a buzz with them after the game," Wright added.

"I think we've got to try and take as many positives from the Cliftonville game as possible."

Having played all three of the main title contenders, and having lost to all three, Wright is ideally placed then to give his early view on the likely destination of the Gibson Cup.

"We've performed differently against all three and Eddie was probably missing a few last week, but I thought we had a better day at the office against Cliftonville because we didn't make any mistakes," he explained.

"Against the other two we made far too many mistakes. There's not much between Linfield, Glentoran and Cliftonville, but Linfield, because of the depth of their squad, I believe will always be favourites."

However, he will hope that he knocks the favourites off course tomorrow.

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