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Ballinamallard CAN pull off the great escape, insists Dykes

By Alex Mills

Defiant Gavin Dykes believes Ballinamallard United can pull off the great escape.

The Mallards may be propping up the Danske Bank Premiership table having reeled in a mere four points from their 12 starts, but the former Derry City boss is not for throwing in the towel.

They host Linfield at Ferney Park tomorrow, which brings to an end a traumatic eight days in which Dykes' boys have faced Crusaders, Coleraine and now the defending champions.

They finished empty handed at Seaview and the Showgrounds, but with the Blues in freefall - they have won only one of their last five in all competitions - they'll perhaps fancy their chances.

"You couldn't have picked three more difficult matches," said Dykes. "There is nothing easy in this league, but we had nothing to lose going to Crusaders and Coleraine - and it's the same against Linfield. The pressure is on them. We took positives from our last two matches.

"We had a lot of tired bodies after the Coleraine game, but we'll be ready to go again. We always look forward to Linfield coming to Ferney Park. It's been a big week, but it's games like that you want to be involved in."

Dykes insists he has seen enough from his team to suggest they can claw their way out of their current predicament.

"We deserved something from the Ards game a few weeks back. We played well, but didn't get the result," he added. "I thought we deserved something from the Warrenpoint match and for long spells against Crusaders, I thought we might get a point.

"That's all positive. It's going to be a long battle, but we know that. I can't fault the boys. They are young and are getting better.

"If we keep showing the attitude we've had over the last three or four games and perhaps get a wee break, it will turn.

"It's going to be a battle, but that's why we want to be in this league. Every game is big.

"If we keep showing what we've been showing in our last three or four games, then we'll be fine."

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