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Bit of previous: Alexander Gawne, now on loan at Carrick, celebrates his recent winner for Coleraine against Cliftonville

Bit of previous: Alexander Gawne, now on loan at Carrick, celebrates his recent winner for Coleraine against Cliftonville

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Bit of previous: Alexander Gawne, now on loan at Carrick, celebrates his recent winner for Coleraine against Cliftonville

Alexander Gawne will make his debut for Carrick Rangers tonight when they travel to Solitude looking to get back to basics after a run of poor performances.

Rangers have picked up only three points from their last four games, a 1-0 home win against Cliftonville, but boss Niall Currie knows that will only make the quick return even more difficult.

"They'll be hungry for us after the last game," said Currie. "Anyone who goes to Solitude knows they are in for a difficult night but we just have to get back to being hard to beat, and defending properly.

"We are not defending as a unit, from the front to the middle, even to the back, we are making some poor decisions.

"But we have kept eight or nine clean sheets in the Premiership this year so there's no reason why we can't reset and get back to basics and put in performances which have given us such a good season up to now."

Striker Gawne, who moved from Coleraine on loan as part of the deal that saw Stewart Nixon go in the opposite direction on the last day of the transfer window and scored a recent winner against the Reds, was ineligible for the Irish Cup clash against Crusaders on Saturday but Currie will start him tonight, probably alongside Darren Murray.

He will also expect big performances from Chris Rodgers and Lee Chapman, who returned from long-term injuries in the 5-1 home defeat by the Cup holders.

"I believe that we can hurt Cliftonville," insisted a defiant Currie.

"Rodgers has been out for six weeks, Chapman for seven, so we threw them in to give them minutes, but the priority moves to Tuesday and we've 65 minutes out of Lee and a full game out of Chris so they will be better."

Currie was angry that Carrick folded so easily against Crusaders on Saturday but pointed out that it was not the first time it has happened this year.

"That's three out of the last four games have been very poor," he added. "Larne, Warrenpoint - who scored two very late goals to win but they deserved a least a point that day - and now Crusaders.

"I told the players after the game on Saturday that if there is any complacency setting in because of our league position (14 points off the bottom with a match in hand), it's not going to happen.

"I don't want us to crawl over the line, I want us to kick on and get as many points as possible. It's still a very dangerous situation we are in, I really believe that."

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