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Boss McAlinden keen to freshen up Carrick with some new faces

By Stephen Alexander

David McAlinden is looking to the January transfer window to halt Carrick's slump in form.

Last weekend's 3-1 loss at Ballymena United was Carrick's ninth straight defeat in all competitions and, while the Taylor's Avenue side have a four-point cushion over basement dwellers Ballinamallard, boss McAlinden is keen for new faces to boost his side's chances of moving away from the drop zone.

"We'll do deals in January, but it's finding the right quality of player that is going to improve us," said McAlinden. "It's also about finding the right type of person who will come in and say, 'I'll sort your relegation battle out for you - I'm the type you want to be signing'. There aren't too many of those around."

McAlinden's men host Glentoran - another side currently struggling for form - at the Belfast Loughshore Hotel Arena tomorrow, and the manager knows his men have to quickly start adding to their total of just two wins from 18 league games.

"Only three points from games are going to move our season in the right direction - a point here and a point there isn't going to do us any good," he said.

"Regardless of whether we're home or away, we don't go out and camp in our 18-yard box and try and get a draw.

"It was always going to be hard but we're probably in the scenario that we knew we were going to be in. We had a good run at the start of the season and then lost games, including games against teams around us.

"We have seasoned pros on the pitch so you can't say we're not street-wise and we have showed we can deal with situations.

"At Ballymena we became edgy too early, and if we had imposed ourselves in the second half we'd have won."

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