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Conor McDermott happy with loan chances at Cliftonville

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Game on: Conor McDermott is ensuring Reds stay focused
Game on: Conor McDermott is ensuring Reds stay focused

By Alex Mills

Cliftonville defender Conor McDermott has insisted complacency will not be an issue in tonight's BetMcLean League Cup third round tie against Bangor at Solitude.

Although the Premier Intermediate League side will travel to north Belfast in more hope than expectation, 22-year-old McDermott states his team's preparation remains the same.

The Reds are coming off the back of a controversial league win over Glentoran at The Oval, where Joe Gormley's late header helped nick three points.

Cliftonville, of course, carved out a piece of League Cup history by picking up the trophy four years on the bounce from 2013-16 - a romance they aim to rekindle this season.

"We'll be giving Bangor the respect they deserve," said McDermott, who is on loan from Derry City until January. "I know the club have a great record in this tournament, so we'll be looking to go as far as we can.

"I'm loving it at Solitude. Playing football regularly is what I want, and Paddy (McLaughlin) has given me that chance. Hopefully I'm repaying him with my performances.

"I'm here until January, we'll see what happens after that."

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McDermott believes the Reds can build on their latest victory, even though they left it late.

He added: "It was one of those games, we kept plugging away and creating chances.

"The boss emphasised at half-time we were playing well, similar to the previous game at Ballymena United. We played them off the park, but had only one goal to show for it.

"He told us to keep doing what we were doing and the openings would come.

"Obviously we had the extra man for a lot of the second half when Darren Murray was sent off, which allowed us to push more bodies forward. We eventually got it late on, which was what we deserved.

"The Glens had a few chances in injury-time, but we should have put it to bed before that. Sometimes the ball will not go into the net and, on occasions, it can come back to bite you. We did leave it late, but the good thing was that we didn't panic."

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