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Colin Nixon hopes last-gasp win will be start of a purple patch for Ards

By Alex Mills

Manager Colin Nixon believes the only way is up for his battling Ards.

The former Glentoran favourite couldn't hide his delight following the midweek win at Carrick Rangers - the 1-0 success lifting the County Down club off the bottom of the Danske Bank Premiership table for the first time this season.

They left it late, as Scott Davidson secured three precious points with a last-gasp winner. There were scenes of raw emotion as players, management, backroom staff and supporters celebrated at the finish.

Nixon will now ask his boys for the same again when Oran Kearney brings his high-flying Coleraine to the Bangor Fuels Arena tomorrow.

He is hoping the result at Carrick will prove the spark to light the touch paper.

"Coleraine at home is a real tough one," he admitted. "Obviously they're going really well at the top of the table. I'm sure they will relish coming to Bangor.

"But hopefully our win at Carrick will give us the shot in the arm that we needed - something to boost the confidence.

"We have a tough run of matches coming up, starting with Coleraine. But we just have to play each game as it comes.

"There is nothing easy in this league. Anything you get you have to fight for and that will be the case against Coleraine.

"But the result at Carrick helped lift us off the bottom. Hopefully that will give us the confidence to kick on."

Ards will be without midfielder Kyle Cherry tomorrow, the legacy of a second-half dismissal at the Loughshore Hotel Arena.

"I thought his sending off was a bit harsh, but it is what it is," said Nixon. "It will open the door for someone else. I've told the group that we believe in them, the club believes in them.

"The players deserve all the credit. I thought they were excellent, even when Kyle was sent off in midweek. They fought for the club and played for each other.

"It wasn't pretty to watch at times, but it was about getting the job done. I thought it was going to be another one of those nights. We had plenty of chances but failed to put them away. That's been the story of our season so far - we've been creating chances but not hitting the target.

"But the league table doesn't lie. We were rooted at the bottom.

"I don't think we have got what we deserved over the last few games, but hopefully our luck has now changed. And hopefully we can move on from here."

Nixon also hailed the contribution of substitute Davidson, who hit the all-important winner.

He added: "I was delighted for Scott. He is one of the new signings and he's worked really hard.

"But it's not just about Scott, it's about the entire squad. To a man they were excellent and I was delighted with them."

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