Ards won't go down without a fight: Nixon
Ards boss Colin Nixon insists his side will not throw in the towel despite being cut adrift at the bottom of the Danske Bank Premiership.
The north Down men are five points behind second from bottom Newry City who also have two games in hand.
Next up for the basement battlers is a trip to Dungannon Swifts this afternoon and they know that a much needed victory will move them to within three points of Kris Lindsay's men.
But victories have been hard to come by for Ards this season and only two wins in their 22 fixtures has badly dented their confidence.
Nixon knows his side need to develop a cutting edge in the second half of the campaign but the work-rate will also need to improve as they look to fight their way to safety.
"All our games are must win, we are bottom of the league and are starting to get cut adrift," admitted the Glentoran legend.
"I can promise you we'll work has hard as we can.
"We came here and played attacking football and tried to win the game, we had lots of chances but didn't put the ball in the back of the net.
"Anyone who watched the Institute game would see that we clearly deserved something from it but we didn't and that's why we are in the position we are currently in.
"I'm saying the same stuff every week and there has to become a point when we start taking our chances.
"Look, we have to just keep plugging away and see where it takes us."
A Boxing Day red card for Dungannon's Seanan Clucas means he misses the clash with Ards.