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Nixon praying that struggling Ards get back into goal routine

Colin Nixon
Colin Nixon

By Billy Weir

Never mind what Mariah Carey got in her Christmas stocking yesterday morning, Ards manager Colin Nixon was in no doubt what he wanted from the man in the red suit.

"To be honest, I just want a goal, that's all I want for Christmas," bemoaned the manager of the bottom of the table side.

He takes his men to Derry today to take on an Institute side that have no such problems after they notched up six against Cliftonville on Saturday in that extraordinary game at the Brandywell.

"I see they scored six, and I don't know if our boys could score six in the next six weeks, but we've just got to keep plugging away," Nixon added.

"I think we play decent football, and we're involved in every game, but it's now getting to the point where our lack of goals is terrible. The difficulty for us is that Sean Noble would probably have scored 40 with the chances we've created. We're not a club that can magic money out of somewhere and free it up to bring someone else in.

"I don't know what January holds for us but I am doing my best, and assure all Ards supporters that I'll do my best to bring someone in to score a few goals. But I'm realistic, we're not in the ballpark for most strikers.

"It would be worse if we were coming in and saying the team weren't fighting and playing well, they are. We've just got to learn when the chance is there to step up and put it in the net."

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It never rains but it pours when you're in choppy relegation waters, and hot on the heels of Jonny Frazer jetting off to Australia, experienced campaigner David Elebert has called it a day to concentrate on coaching.

"I had a good chat with Dave during the week, a great player who has had a great career, and I thank him for all his efforts for us, but he's going to be a very useful person to have around the changing room while we fight tooth and nail to stay in this league," added Nixon.

"I told the boys to go and enjoy Christmas but to look after themselves and prepare for a massive game at the Brandywell, a game we must get something out of."

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Danske Bank Premiership

Brandywell, Today, 3.00pm

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