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Ards boss defends decision to start injury-victim Frazer and vows to make January signings

By Keith Bailie

Ards manager Colin Nixon has no regrets about fielding Jonny Frazer in his team's 2-1 win over Ballinamallard United on Saturday.

The winger's return from injury lasted just 19 minutes, with the former Linfield man carried off after he suffered a reoccurrence his hamstring complaint, ruling him out of today's clash with Carrick Rangers at the Bangor Fuels Arena.

Nixon explained: "I've no regrets about playing Jonny. He played a big part in our opening goal, setting up Gareth Tommons. That's the sort of quality Jonny has.

"I demand a lot from our players. Jonny looked in good shape at training on Thursday night so we took a risk and threw him in against Ballinamallard.

"He may have had a reoccurrence of his hamstring injury and it looks like we may be without him for a few more games, but that's football.

"We're depleted, between injuries and suspension. Both Frazer and Dave Elebert hobbled off during on Saturday while Craig McMillen and Guillaume Keke are both still injured. Young Callum Byers is also suspended for Boxing Day, so I will have to change things about."

Saturday's win was vital for Nixon, who was criticised by the club's fanbase for releasing popular full-back Greg Hall after a 174 games for the club.

"There will be some movement in the transfer window," he added.

"I can't confirm anything yet but I'm hopeful there will be a few new faces during January.

"Gary Liggett and Greg Hall have both moved on, so we are light on numbers. We wish them both all the best.

"Greg was a fantastic servant for Ards and neither he nor I took the decision lightly.

"He felt that he wasn't getting enough game time and I felt that I couldn't guarantee him any more minutes on the pitch, so we agreed it was best if he moved on."

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