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Ballinamallard believe great escape is possible: Kee

By Graham Luney

David Kee insists Ballinamallard United still have plenty of belief they can win their Premiership survival battle.

The midfielder, who has joined the Mallards on loan from Coleraine, says the Ferney Park men are still confident they can reel in Carrick Rangers and secure a relegation play-off spot.

After two draws against Glenavon and Linfield, a 2-0 defeat at Ballymena United leaves the basement boys five points behind Carrick with five games remaining.

New boss Harry McConkey has urged his men to dig deep and not go down without a fight and the players are responding to the challenge.

"With the new manager comes a new outlook and a new way of doing things," said Kee. "Training is different and the boys are working very hard to stay in this league.

"We have a pile of work to do, but we are committed to giving it everything. It was disappointing our game against Carrick was postponed but this next one against Warrenpoint is a big one.

"We have another two home games after this one and it's very important we pick up points from those games. There is still a lot of belief in the squad that we can get ourselves off the bottom and into that play-off spot.

"After the draws with Linfield and Glenavon we have fresh hope and the problem at Ballymena was that we didn't get off the bus and the first 20 minutes were shocking. We composed ourselves but it was too late.

"It's important we learn from that because in the away games you cannot start in that fashion."

This week's postponed home game against Carrick has been rearranged for Tuesday, April 17 (8pm).

"I didn't play a great deal at Coleraine and I needed games," added Kee.

"I'm still not 100% fit and the season has felt like a bit of a write-off. There's a pressure to win league titles which Coleraine are experiencing but this is a lot more tense."

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