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Lyttle admits Cliftonville can't keep being wasteful in front of goal

By David Mason

Cliftonville Gerard Lyttle insists his team must be more ruthless in front of goal. The Reds are still smarting from last week's result when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Dungannon Swifts after 90 minutes of domination.

Lyttle is still scratching his head at how his team failed to take three points - which was down to a number of spurned opportunities and an impressive goalkeeping display by Andy Coleman, who saved a late David McDaid penalty kick.

With struggling Ballinamallard United due to visit Solitude tomorrow, Lyttle admits his boys can't afford another wasteful afternoon.

"Ballinamallard may be hovering just above the relegation area but, as I keep saying every week, there are no easy games in this league," said Lyttle.

"They are fighting for their lives, which makes them a dangerous animal. They have good players which are probably in a false position in the table.

"People might look at the fixture and assume that it's a handy three points, but it doesn't work like that. Anything you get in this game has to be earned.

"We'll focus on our game and our strengths and hopefully that will be enough to get us three points. I was delighted with the performance at Dungannon, the only thing missing was the goals.

"In saying that, Andy Coleman had one of those days. We just couldn't get the ball past him. Some of our finishing wasn't up to scratch either.

"I wouldn't blame Davy (McDaid) for the penalty miss. He hit the target, but Coleman was going the wrong way but still managed to save with his feet."

Lyttle will be without striker Daniel Hughes this weekend, but midfielder James Knowles returns from suspension.

"Daniel picked up a knee injury and will be out for another week at least," added Lyttle. "Knowles comes back into the squad. He is actually our penalty taker, so Davy stepped up in his absence."

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