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Only goals are missing for Ballymena United, says Spike

Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson has revealed he is worried by the Sky Blues lack of goals this season.

The former Linfield striker, whose own goalscoring exploits during his playing career earned him a handful of international caps, has seen his team hit the back of the net just 10 times in eight league outings.

They haven't fared a whole lot better in the knockout competitions, needing penalties to see off Ballymoney United in the League Cup after a 2-2 draw and Donegal Celtic were beaten only 1-0 in Tuesday's County Antrim Shield tie.

Ferguson, however, has seen enough in his team's performances to tell him that things will change.

"It is always a concern when you aren't scoring enough goals," said Ferguson.

"Every club in the world would love to have a 30-goal a season striker in their team, but there aren't many out there and those that are around cost a lot of money.

"It would be a bigger worry for me if we weren't creating chances.

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"We created a lot against Glentoran, but couldn't put the ball in the net.

"Hopefully we will remedy that and if the chances dry up then we'll start to worry."

The congested nature of the Danske Bank Premiership table meant that before today's game against Warrenpoint Town the Sky Blues sat ninth, but level on points with Crusaders, who are sixth.

Indeed depending on results Ferguson's men could be just a point off the top five by this evening.

"We are defending well and if we can start putting the ball into the net at the other end then I'm confident we'll start to pick up points and move up the table," said Ferguson.

"We kept a clean sheet against the Glens and we could have got something against Cliftonville."

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