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Jeffrey insists Ballymena aren't getting ahead of themselves after saluting 10-game unbeaten streak

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David Jeffrey

David Jeffrey

David Jeffrey

David Jeffrey insists nobody on Warden Street is getting carried away with Ballymena United's current unbeaten run, but did concede their 10-game streak is a phenomenal achievement.

The Sky Blues finished completed March without tasting defeat when Tuesday's 2-0 victory over a stubborn Carrick Rangers outfit saw them end the month with five wins and four draws to their name.

That has seen Jeffrey's men soar up the table to fourth place - although they have played one more game than Larne and Cliftonville directly below them - in their bid to finish inside the top-six when the split happens at the end of this month.

But while the manager was glowing with praise for his players' application to their task of playing twice a week despite being part-time, he was quick to assert that they are looking no further than tonight's game against Crusaders at the Showgrounds.

"It's a tremendous feat. We are the part-timers, we are the boys that only train two times a week and this season it's not even that," pointed out Jeffrey.

"We're asking players to do a lot away from the club to keep themselves in a position of preparedness, and they've worked really hard.

"We've had two games (during this run) where we didn't play to the standard we've set ourselves and other times we've played fantastically well but didn't quite have the rub of the green.

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"No-one's getting carried away with it, make no doubt about that. But I've got to say, I've only got praise and thanks for the players and how they've applied themselves."

In contrast, tonight's visitors have been on a torrid run, winning only six of their 18 matches since the turn of the year, while March yielded just nine points from a possible 24.

Stephen Baxter's men are in the rare position of finding themselves outside the top-six, lying seventh, but Jeffrey is well aware of the task facing Ballymena given the Crues could go above his side in the table if they won.

"It'll be massively tough. We're trying our best to get into the top-six and stay there. This is one of the teams that has title aspirations, so let's put this into perspective," he warned.

"We know this is going to be a very tough game and we know how hard we're going to have to work to get anything out of it."


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