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Ballymena will look to take another baby step against Glentoran, says Jeffrey


Homecoming: David Jeffrey is wary of a new look Glentoran team
Homecoming: David Jeffrey is wary of a new look Glentoran team

By Billy Weir

Ballymena United make a belated home bow in the Danske Bank Premiership when they welcome Glentoran to the Showgrounds tomorrow.

Linfield's European adventure meant last Tuesday's scheduled meeting between last season's top two was postponed, but now the other half of the 'Big Two' is coming to town.

Jeffrey loves nothing better than tangling with his old foes but this is a much-changed and evolving team that he will be up against.

The new much-heralded era has stuttered into life at The Oval, two draws against Glenavon and Coleraine followed by last Saturday's disappointing 3-1 defeat at Dungannon Swifts.

In contrast, United picked up a point at Stangmore Park and last weekend pulled off a superb 4-2 win over Larne, a game crammed with lung-busting effort and sizzling goals.

"We knew it was going to be a tough contest and so it proved to be," reflected Jeffrey on his side's impressive result.

"We kept ourselves disciplined, worked very hard and thankfully when our opportunities came along we took them.

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"We work hard all the time at shape and organisation, but you can do all that work during the week and give all the guidance but ultimately players have to go out and carry that out."

Looking ahead then to Glentoran and, although they have not set the world on fire thus far, Jeffrey knows what to expect.

"They are all tough, every single game is going to be tough," he added.

"Glentoran are coming back reinvigorated, with Mick McDermott and Paul Millar, and with the investment that has come in they will be keen to recruit.

"Reports back are that they have been impressive and we know that will be another tough game.

"Our watchwords are simple - baby steps and incremental strides - and I'm not at all ashamed to say that, and that's what we'll do next week.

"But we'll give it our best and see where it takes us."

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