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Testing times: Whitey Anderson believes this is a big weekend for Ballinamallard

Testing times: Whitey Anderson believes this is a big weekend for Ballinamallard

Testing times: Whitey Anderson believes this is a big weekend for Ballinamallard

Ballinamallard United manager Whitey Anderson has warned his players that playing well for six weeks of the season is not enough to guarantee survival.

The Fermanagh side's recent run of good results and displays came shuddering to a halt at Ballymena United last weekend and Anderson knows that while they may have a seven-point cushion over tonight's visitors Warrenpoint Town (8.00pm kick-off) another lack-lustre display is not acceptable.

"That was our worst performance - and that's not taking anything away from Ballymena - it was the worst 45 minutes we have played in seven weeks," he said.

"I'm confident they will snap out of it. We have a habit at Ballinamallard of when things go badly we bounce back and with Warrenpoint at home we'll be looking to bounce back and get three points to try and get a wee gap between ourselves and them.

"We've a couple of suspensions with Davy Kee and Jonny Lafferty out but we have a strong squad and I had a few boys playing for the reserves last week in the Intermediate Cup because we need to get them back to fitness.

"But when you're dealing with small squads you need your big players there but I'm confident we can get a result. We'll have to work hard for it, every team in this league can take points off each other, but we're at home and I fancy us to get three points."

Another big message that has been drummed into the players is to put all thoughts of the upcoming Wasp Solutions League Cup semi-final against Ballymena United at Ferney Park out of their thoughts.

"I've said to them if they're thinking about a League Cup place then they'll have to play a lot better than that. The League Cup is four weeks away and I don't want to talk about it," he continued.

"I've told the players that unless they put in the performances they won't be playing in the semi-final, so that will be food for thought for the game against Warrenpoint and the two that follow that.

"The most important thing is the league and getting the points.

"There's no point in worrying about the Ballymena game yet, because you don't know what players you might have by then, so I'm not going to panic about it just yet."

Belfast Telegraph