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Ards must raise bar or face being dumped out by underdogs: Nixon

By Keith Bailie

Colin Nixon has warned that Ards could be the big casualty of the Tennent's Irish Cup sixth round unless they up their game.

They face a tricky last-16 tie at Championship side Loughgall tomorrow.

A win would take the Co Down team through to the quarter-finals for the first time in 14 years.

However, Nixon admits his side will need to raise their performance level after a lacklustre showing at Dungannon last weekend.

They lost 1-0 at Stangmore Park, and Nixon said a similar level of performance could see them dumped out.

"The cup is a welcome distraction from the league, but we know the tie at Loughgall will be very tricky," he said.

"We have to treat it with the right attitude and prepare properly.

"I wasn't happy with how we played (last weekend), I got things off my chest afterwards and we'll look to get back on track on Saturday.

"If we play like we did against Dungannon we will struggle.

"But I think we've shown that on our day, when we play well and everything clicks for us, we are a match for anyone."

Loughgall, aiming to reach the last eight for the second time in three years, sit fifth in the Championship.

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