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David Jeffrey: I feel sorry for my Ballymena players who haven't got results their performances deserve

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Ballymena United boss David Jeffrey

Ballymena United boss David Jeffrey

Ballymena United boss David Jeffrey

Frustrated Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey has a strong message for his players ahead of tonight's league outing against Glenavon at the Warden Street Showgrounds - stop making elementary mistakes!

The Sky Blues were victims of their own downfall at the weekend when Stephen Baxter's Crusaders rammed in four second-half goals - much of them of United's own making.

Little wonder Jeffrey darted up the tunnel shaking his head in disbelief. It was kamikaze stuff.

The only consolation for Jeffrey and his troops is the fact they now have a quick opportunity of putting things right.

"I felt sorry for the players; I was gutted for them because they work so very hard in training," said Jeffrey.

"It wasn't a 4-1 performance (on Saturday), absolutely no way. It was basic, elementary mistakes that cost us and to be honest, they simply sucked the life out of us.

"I can't fault the players in any of the performances so far. Winning (1-0) away at Coleraine with only 10 men was absolutely fabulous. Against Linfield I felt we certainly deserved a draw.

"Last week at Larne we were resolute for 75 minutes and then against Crusaders we did fantastically well in the first half. Yet, within a couple minutes after the restart, we were 2-1 behind.

"I told the players to go home and reflect on their performance. At least we haven't to wait long to get back on to the pitch again.

"They are good players and they play some excellent football, but there are different aspects of football, that includes defending - and defending properly.

"Hopefully it's a lesson they will learn quickly. I'm hoping performances turn in to results - and soon."

Jeffrey admitted heads dropped once the Crues got back on terms.

He added: "What began as a promising day developed into a frustrating one.

"We were excellent in the first half, very solid at the back, played some good football and broke with pace and energy. We were very decisive.

"The harsh reality is, you can't make the mistakes we made and win games of football.

"I told the players in no uncertain terms that you won't win when you make mistakes at critical points of the game."

Belfast Telegraph