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Ballymena United keeping the faith, says Faulkner

By Graham Luney

Willie Faulkner says he never detected any panic in the Ballymena United dressing room despite their poor start to the Danske Bank Premiership season.

David Jeffrey's Sky Blues are still waiting for their first league victory after losing three and drawing one of their opening four fixtures, conceding 12 goals.

But a 3-0 win at home to Knockbreda in the BetMcLean League Cup on Tuesday night has put smiles back on faces and fans hope a corner has been turned going into today's Premiership showdown with Cliftonville at the Showgrounds.

Versatile former Ards ace Faulkner, who slotted home the third goal against Knockbreda, now hopes Barry Gray's men will leave Warden Street with red faces.

"It was nice to get our first win of the season and it was one of those games where the opponents fancied their chances against a side looking for their first victory of the season," said Faulkner.

"It was a real banana skin fixture for us but we passed the test.

"It has been a disappointing start and I have come in late to the squad after getting married but the boys are still buzzing and confident. The Glenavon game was a freak one and over the years our games against them have been like that.

"Until the sending off against Crusaders we were well in that game. There has certainly been no panic in the dressing room.

"We are only four league games into the season and I think many people expected us to make a flying start after our last campaign but no-one is getting concerned.

"Obviously you want to get the first league win as soon as possible but we remain confident in our own ability and the danger we pose to teams."

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