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Ballymena United keeping feet on ground: Kane



Old cliche: Tony Kane is taking one game at a time

Old cliche: Tony Kane is taking one game at a time

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Old cliche: Tony Kane is taking one game at a time

Tony Kane insists no one will be getting above their station as Ballymena United chase down Linfield at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership table.

The Sky Blues approach today's showdown at the Warden Street Showgrounds just one point adrift of David Healy's boys, but Kane believes it could be all change come 5pm.

United haven't tasted defeat since September 29, when they narrowly lost out to the Blues in a gripping affair at Windsor Park.

Since then, they have steamrolled everything in front of them.

Although Linfield did experience their now traditional wobble in early November, they have since steadied the ship.

United and the Blues were due to meet in midweek at the same venue in a County Antrim Shield semi-final, but it was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

So, something must give under the shadow of Slemish Mountain.

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"It probably wasn't a bad thing the game was called off - back-to-back fixtures are always quite difficult," said Kane. "All the preparation was completed when it was postponed late on, so we had to train instead.

"But we'll be ready - it will be tense for both sides. We're on a great little run, we've not been beaten since late September when we played the Blues. On that occasion we really could have got something from the game.

"We'll be out to give it our best. The Blues are a good side. They are back on form again after a couple of dodgy results. They are scoring plenty of goals and not conceding a lot."

After playing all their games away from home in the early stages due to the resurfacing process at the Showgrounds, United have turned on the style on their return.

"We want to make the ground a fortress," said Kane. "We've just got to keep our home form going. We are playing a formation that allows us to play good football. We've got to keep our head down and keep working hard. No one will be taking anything for granted.

"The winning momentum began at the tail end of last season. We've carried on from that with a posse of young, vibrant players that have been brought to the club - boys who have been around the league and know what it's like to win trophies, the likes of Jude Winchester, James Knowles, Andy McGrory and Johnny Addis."

Although United still don't rate themselves as title contenders, Kane admits results so far have suggested it will be a long, hard-fought campaign.

He added: "Any club can beat the other. The standard has really improved. It will be the teams that are most consistent who are fighting it out at the top at the end of the campaign. We are just enjoying what we are doing.

"It's the usual cliche, one game at a time. The top six has been our aim from the outset."

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