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Our feet will stay on the ground: Jeffrey

 

Cool head: David Jeffrey
Cool head: David Jeffrey

By Stephen Alexander

David Jeffrey praised the resolve of his Ballymena United players as they continue to cling on gamely in the Danske Bank Premiership title race.

The Sky Blues responded to their weekend defeat by Glentoran with a crushing 6-1 win over Institute - a result which brings them back to within six points of leaders Linfield.

Jeffrey insists, however, that maintaining the five-point cushion between his side and third-placed Crusaders was the real plus point of the night, after the champions also won at Warrenpoint.

"It was so pleasing because every single player had to respond," said Jeffrey of his side's six-goal salvo.

"The platform for our performance was the penalty save by Ross Glendinning in the opening minutes.

"It certainly wasn't a poor penalty - it was just a fantastic save, because if we had gone a goal down you would be wondering, 'How will the players respond?'

"It took an absolute magical goal from Ryan Mayse to put us ahead and we built on it from there.

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"We knew it was going to be tough, particularly coming off the back of the disappointment of Saturday, but the players responded brilliantly.

"The most important statistic is that we have another game out of the way and we have maintained the gap between ourselves and Crusaders.

"We are punching so far above our weight it's untrue, and for us to be even positioned between Linfield and Crusaders is phenomenal.

"Our feet are firmly planted on the ground.

"We've achieved the target of top six, now we're trying to secure European football and all the other things are bubbling on around us."

Mayse struck twice for the Sky Blues before goals from Albert Watson, Leroy Millar, Adam Lecky and Shane McGinty, while Paul Smith got on the scoresheet for Institute.

United host Warrenpoint Town on Saturday while Linfield travel to Dungannon Swifts on Friday night.

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