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Gerard Lyttle out to maintain his perfect start at Cliftonville

Ballinamallard 0-2 Cliftonville

By Gareth Cauldwell

Cliftonville caretaker manager Gerard Lyttle says that they will simply continue to take things one game at a time following Saturday's win over Ballinamallard United.

Lyttle has not hidden his ambition of taking on the position on a permanent basis and has three wins out of three since taking on the role following Tommy Breslin's resignation.

"We just take it game by game and at the minute the players have been excellent for me," said Lyttle.

"They've bought into what we are doing and the buzz is coming back.

"The boys know what I'm about, they know what I like and they know the type of football I like to play and so far they have been excellent."

Lyttle will face his biggest test to date next week when league leaders Linfield visit Solitude but it is a game that he is relishing.

"It's always a tasty game when we play Linfield and we'll go into that game with a wee bit of confidence," he added.

"We've talked about getting that swagger back into our game and it's starting to creep in over the last two weeks so we'll look forward to it.

"It's another game and we'll continue to take it game by game and hopefully it is another three points for us."

On Saturday, the Reds earned the points thanks to a Stephen Garrett stunner and a David McDaid penalty which was awarded following a tangle between Emmet Friars and Marc Smyth - a decision Mallards boss Whitey Anderson was less than impressed with.

"In the second half, I felt we were the better team and they then got a soft penalty and you would have to think that if it was at the other end of the pitch we wouldn't have got it," he said.

"Don't tell me to stop complaining about the small club, big club mentality, I'm convinced if that happens at our end of the pitch we don't get that decision.

"We did though have great opportunities in the first half and in the second half but we lacked a bit of composure.

"However, we are creating chances and I thought it was a good performance and that's two weeks in a row that we have played well."

BALLINAMALLARD: Rouse, McMenamin, McLaughlin, Feeney, Martin, McCartney, Beacom, Lecky (McIlwaine, 82 mins), McCrudden (Courtney, 74 mins), Campbell (Lafferty, 66 mins), Friars.

CLIFTONVILLE: Devlin, McGovern, Bonner, Flynn (Smyth, 61 mins), Knowles, Curran (J Donnelly, 74 mins), McDaid (C Murray, 82 mins), Garrett, M Donnelly, Seydak, Catney.

Man of the match: Stephen Garrett (right)

Match rating: 7/10

Referee: Mervyn Smyth (Belfast)

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