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Kane: Sky Blues can get back on right track with Ferney Park joy

 

By Graham Luney

Ballymena United midfielder Tony Kane says the Sky Blues are hungry to leave behind a poor start to the season and show their true colours.

David Jeffrey's men are in eighth position in the Danske Bank Premiership with seven points from the same number of matches. With 16 goals conceded, there is certainly room for improvement at the back but at least Cathair Friel appears to have discovered his shooting boots again.

United make the long trip to Ferney Park this afternoon where a wounded Ballinamallard United side are desperate to record their first victory. Kane admits this season has been a struggle for the Braidmen but he expects them to regroup and come out fighting.

"We had a tough start to the season including games against Crusaders and Linfield and some things didn't go our way but it's early days and you expect things to settle down and get better," said the former Cliftonville man.

"Some performances have not been as bad as the scorelines suggested but we know ourselves we need to perform better. I felt we performed well enough against the Glens and deserved something from the game.

"But I think we are getting back on the right track, we are starting to press teams better and are looking closer to the team we were last season. It's about getting points on the board and there's a bit of a gap opening up between sixth and fifth now (five points), it's important we start moving up the table.

"Ballinamallard have only got one point and will be determined to change their luck but if we can play the way I know we can we should win the game.

"It's still September so we are not getting hugely worried about anything. If we are in this position come January and February then we will have bigger concerns

"Cathair Friel has started scoring goals for us and hopefully Johnny McMurray can get into the team and reproduce his form from last season. Stephen McAlorum is still to come in hopefully the quality in the squad will shine through in the coming weeks."

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