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Out of luck Ards boss Currie keeping the faith ahead of Oval trip

By Graham Luney

Niall Currie wants his Ards side to shake off the unlucky loser tag and start tasting that winning feeling.

The north Down men were shot down in the cruelest fashion last weekend as a deflected stoppage time drive from David Cushley robbed them of a precious point against Crusaders - and it was a draw they would have fully deserved.

Glentoran can climb over Ards in the Danske Bank Premiership if they win at the Oval tomorrow but if Currie's side can show the same endeavour and bravery they displayed on the Shore Road then Gary Haveron's boys could be in for an uncomfortable afternoon.

The Ards chief was heartened by the battling performance he witnessed in the 1-0 loss to the Crues but it's points rather than praise he's searching for.

"A lot of Crusaders supporters gave us a good round of applause and many fans gave us a standing ovation last Saturday," said Currie.

"We know where we are. This is a tough league for a club like ourselves to stay in because we can't compete financially to get the top players.

"But when you have a group like ours it's important that they believe in our philosophy and can see what we are trying to do. If they show commitment and we can get 100 per cent out of them then we can scare teams like we scared the Crues a few times.

"We did create chances against them and on a different day it could have been a different result but I'm very proud of the boys, we will suck it up and I know I have a great bunch of lads and the main thing is they are giving us everything.

"Now we are away to the Glens and it's another tough one. I just want us to apply ourselves in the same way and provided that commitment and effort is there the win will come.

"We are going to be underdogs in three quarters of matches we will play this season but we will be competitive and give teams a game, we will keep the faith and keep going. Hopefully we get a break soon."

Currie cursed his side's rotten luck at the end of a hugely impressive shift at the league's most difficult away venue last weekend.

"I think there were two deflections for their goal with it hitting Emmet (Friars) and Davy McCullough but sometimes when you are up there in the league you get those breaks," he reflected.

"I've been there before, you get decisions and deflections going for you.

"We just have to grin and bare it and go again. The main thing for us is the players don't look devoid of confidence. I've told them I'm very proud of them and they just need to keep believing and we will be fine.

"We deserved something from that game and to come away from playing the champions and say that is credit to our performance.

"It doesn't make us feel any better but it is something to build on and use as a confidence booster."

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