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Ballymena United looking to finish off Welders


Glenn Ferguson fears a cup shock

Glenn Ferguson fears a cup shock

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Glenn Ferguson fears a cup shock

Glenn Ferguson's Ballymena United side can book a chance for revenge against Linfield in the Sixth Round of the Irish Cup.

However, after their huge scare against Harland and Wolff Welders when the two teams met at Tillysburn Park 10 days ago, he will not be entertaining talk of a trip to Windsor Park.

Throw into the mix Saturday's defeat by David Jeffrey's men on a strength-sapping Showgrounds pitch and the loss of the red-carded Tony Kane, who now joins Johnny Taylor and Gavin Taggart on the suspended list, and it will be no easy task.

"People say that you should win these games but you have no divine right to because a lot of players at the Welders have played at this level," explained Ferguson.

"They're good players, they know how to play the game and you have to treat them with the respect we gave Linfield.

"We have to go out and put on a performance and if we play as well and work as hard as we did against Linfield we'll get a result, if we don't we'll get our backsides kicked."

The Welders, managed by former Sky Blue favourite Gary Smyth, raised a few eyebrows with their display, but Ferguson was shocked by something else.

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"Ballymena surprised me in how bad we were! People asked me how I thought we'd do against Linfield and I said to them it depends which team turns up," he added.

"Last week against the Welders it wasn't the Ballymena who've been on a 10-match unbeaten run.

"They now have a feel of what the Welders were like and hopefully they'll know what they'll have to do to get a result."

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