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Braidmen won't take eyes off the ball, insists Kane

By Alex Mills

Midfielder Tony Kane insists complacency will not be an issue when his team travel to face Ards at the Bangor Fuels Arena today.

Even though the County Down club are 13 points adrift of the Braidmen in the Danske Bank Premiership table - and have lost all three of the teams' meetings this season - David Jeffrey's men will be going for the jugular.

"We are on a nice little run," said Kane, who has bagged five goals. "We may have beaten Ards three times, but we never get it easy against them.

"It's important to keep the momentum going. We've been beaten only once in 13 games, and that was against Crusaders at Seaview. I think most people at that game thought we deserved something.

"So we are determined to maintain the winning trend."

With the County Antrim Shield final against the Crues looming on Tuesday night, Kane stressed it will not deflect his team's focus.

"The final will look after itself," he said. "Our focus will be on taking all three points from this game against Ards. We are three points ahead of Glentoran in sixth place - we want to stay there and move on.

"You only have to look at what happened to Coleraine last season. They took off on a great unbeaten run after we beat them on Boxing Day. They went something like 20-odd games before losing to Linfield in their penultimate match.

"When you string a run of results like that together, you can climb the table, so that's our aim."

With a League Cup semi-final against Cliftonville looming and the Shield final on Tuesday, Kane believes it could be a great season for the Sky Blues, providing they kick on in the league.

"We'll not become carried away," he added. "But we are in a good position at this moment in time. We are in a position to land a bit of silverware.

"We also have a favourable draw (against Ballinamallard United) in the Irish Cup. Win that and you are into the quarter-finals.

"But our mantra is to take one game at a time. We'll focus on getting three points at Ards, and then look at the rest."

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