David Jeffrey lives by the mantra of ‘praise in public, criticise in private’, but on Tuesday night he couldn’t find himself able to abide by that principle.
The Ballymena United manager described himself as “so disappointed and really angry” after his side failed to land even a passing blow on Carrick Rangers in an uncharacteristic 3-0 loss at the Loughview Leisure Arena.
It was a chance for Ballymena to move into the top six had they won, a feat they can still achieve if they defeat Cliftonville tonight at The Showgrounds, but it was the manner of the tepid defeat that left Jeffrey fuming after the full-time whistle.
With the high-flying Reds the opponents this evening, the Sky Blues know they cannot afford to dwell on that loss, and Jeffrey has conceded that he himself will have to let go of his own frustration ahead of tonight’s clash.
“At the end of the day I’ve been doing this for a long time and we need to work this out in our own minds,” said the veteran Irish League manager.
“It’s a quick turnaround, playing on Tuesday and then again on Friday, so there’s a good opportunity to go out and put right what they didn’t do right on Tuesday evening.
“We have played well against Cliftonville this season. We’ve beaten them, they’ve beaten us, they’re absolutely flying. They had a great result against Linfield, and I’m sure they’ll be coming to try and keep that momentum going. We’re under no illusions how tough it will be.
“We need to have a check with ourselves and get back on the horse again, get back to doing what we do well which is working hard and applying ourselves. Hopefully a different side shows up (tonight).”