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We're flying high at the top but it's vital we keep momentum going: Addis

 

Jonny Addis
Jonny Addis

By Graham Luney

Jonny Addis says Ballymena United will not be distracted by any "foolish" title talk.

The Sky Blues may be leading the charge for the Gibson Cup after 19 matches but manager David Jeffrey will hammer home the 'one game at a time' mentality.

If there is any complacency in the Braidmen's ranks it will be ruthlessly exposed by basement battlers Ards at the Showgrounds this afternoon.

But this new look United team have momentum and belief, not to mention a dose of real quality too.

Addis, who agreed a two-year deal after leaving Glentoran in the summer, has been a shrewd addition and although he's enjoying the ride, the 26-year-old knows the wheels could fall off very quickly.

"We are loving it. It's been a fresh start for me and things are easier when you are winning but we will see how far we can go," he said.

"Good players have come to the club and been guided by the management team.

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"They have worked hard to bring in the right players to suit the system the team is playing.

"We lost games earlier in the season to the top six teams but we weren't too far away and felt if we could put a run together we could do something this season in terms of competing in the top six.

"We have good players and a bit of momentum in our favour which is helping too.

"But you can't forget that this club scraped a top six place last season so it would be foolish to start talking about titles at this stage of the season.

"The targets don't change unless it's much later in the season and you have accomplished a few goals like getting into the top six.

"Consolidating a top six place and hopefully breaking into Europe are the primary goals."

Undefeated in 16 outings, David Jeffrey's have won their last 11 matches, which is a club record.

The next big question could be how they will react when that bubble finally bursts.

"We have a few home games over Christmas which we need to capitalise on but we have plenty of tough tests coming up, starting with Ards on Saturday," added Addis.

"They are fighting for their lives and have already given us two tough games. That's not an easy three points.

"We haven't had it easy this season. We have won games by the odd goal and worked hard for our wins."

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