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Cliftonville boss Tommy Breslin delighted with the never-say-die spirit which earned side win over Institute

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Fan-tastic moment: Stephen Garrett is lost amid the scramble as Cliftonville players and supporters celebrate their late win

Fan-tastic moment: Stephen Garrett is lost amid the scramble as Cliftonville players and supporters celebrate their late win

Fan-tastic moment: Stephen Garrett is lost amid the scramble as Cliftonville players and supporters celebrate their late win

Cliftonville manager Tommy Breslin was delighted with the never-say-die spirit which earned all three points in a last-gasp victory over Institute. Twice ahead, the Reds were pegged back by their enterprising hosts before substitute Stephen Garrett popped up with a crucial injury-time intervention.

"I thought we just ground out the win and I thought we were a lot better in the second half," stated Breslin.

"We were more compact as we were too loose in the first half.

"We weren't at our best but we still won and that says a lot about the players and a lot about the team that we can win playing football or grind wins out, so that's good and it's a sign of a good side."

Breslin was also full of praise for striker Davy McDaid, who only moved to the Reds last Monday and has played his part in their two victories over Portadown and 'Stute.

The ex-Coleraine man scored his first goal for the Belfast side and his quick thinking set-up Garrett for the winner.

"Davy has settled in really well and I knew after meeting him before he signed that he would settle in nicely," he added.

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"He's a quality player and he'll only get better with us and we'll work on him and Joe's (Gormley) partnership.

"I said the other night that Cliftonville fans will look forward to seeing Davy in a Cliftonville shirt and he hasn't done anything to change my opinion. He'll be an absolute star at this club and the Cliftonville fans will really take to him."

Breslin was also impressed with Paul Kee's side who, in truth, deserved at least of the share of the spoils.

"I was very impressed with Institute, they played some excellent football, scored two and maybe could have had a few more.

"So credit to Paul, Brian (Donaghy) and all the coaching staff as they were absolutely outstanding."

As for Kee, he was bitterly disappointed and also felt his men deserved better – especially after Declan McKeever and Stephen Curry had cancelled out first-half strikes from McDaid and Chris Curran.

"I'm disappointed for the players, because they put in a fantastic shift, they worked hard but it shows you the nature of the Premiership," he conceded.

"We still have a lot of players out injured, we still have players who need clearance and I'm sure (Michael) McCrudden and (Cormac) Burke would have played.

"People will say there's a gap but we showed that we can get close to the gap if we stick at it and work hard at it and give ourselves every possible chance in every game and that's what we did.

"We gave ourselves the chance and we had the point and to concede late on is a real disappointment for the players."


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