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Our supporters deserve better, blasts Nixon

Ards 0-4 Carrick Rangers

Horror how: Colin Nixon is set to wield the axe
Horror how: Colin Nixon is set to wield the axe

By Keith Bailie

Ards manager Colin Nixon berated his side's disastrous performance against Carrick Rangers.

The Red & Blues were hammered 4-0 at the Bangor Fuels Arena, where Jonathan Smith, Paddy McNally, Lee Chapman and Eamon Scannell netted for David McAlinden's side.

"We weren't in the game from start to finish," said Nixon. "Carrick dominated and 4-0- flattered us.

"It was lacklustre, pathetic and unacceptable. We have to go away and examine where things went wrong, because we can't afford to repeat that performance.

"I will have to make changes for Glenavon on Tuesday night because our supporters deserve better than that. I have to apologies to everyone connected with the club for that, because I know it's not good enough."

Understandably, Carrick boss McAlinden was more upbeat after seeing his men end a 17 game run without a win.

"I needed to make changes, those changes were made and I know there is only one way we are going to go and that's forward," he said.

"There difference against Ards was we took our chances when they came our way. We haven't been doing that all season.

"It was clear as day that we needed a goal threat and we now have that.

"It's been a difficult time. No manager wants to go 17 games without a win but that stat is gone now. It's off our back. Now we must kick-on and prove a few people wrong."

ARDS: Johnston, Glendinning, Byers, Taylor, Neale, Tommons, J Kelly, Hanley (Davidson, 58 mins), McAllister, Mitchell (McKenna, 58 mins), Stewart (Keke, 58 mins). Unused subs: L Kelly, McAleenan.

CARRICK: Doherty, Larmour, McNally, McNulty, Edgar, Scannell (Nimick, 78 mins), Kottoy (Mooney, 80 mins), Surgenor, Chapman, Henderson (Glackin, 82 mins), Smith. Unused subs: Anau, Taggart.

Referee: Tim Marshall (Irvinestown)

Man of the match: Lee Chapman

Match rating: 7/10

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