Belfast Telegraph

Only a win will do for Mallards, says Whitey Anderson

By Stuart McKinley

Whitey Anderson has labelled Ballinamallard United's basement battle with Warrenpoint Town as a 'must-win' game.

The fixture is the Mallards' only home post-split match, but Anderson doesn't believe that makes it an even bigger game - because it is already 'massive' according to the Ferney Park boss.

Ballinamallard are just a point ahead of bottom-placed Warrenpoint, with Carrick a point ahead of them and a home victory could give the Fermanagh men some breathing space in the battle to beat the drop.

"Going away from home for the last three games doesn't worry me because if your attitude is right and your mentality is right and your preparation is right it doesn't matter," said Anderson.

"No matter what happened last week at Portadown, we have to beat Warrenpoint - but they will probably be thinking the same thing.

"It's a massive game, there's no doubt about that.

"If we show the same commitment as we have done in the last four games, we know it's going to be close and it's going to be tough, but we're at home and we'll be going for the win and I'm sure Barry (Gray) will be doing the same."

The Mallards find themselves in the battle at the bottom because they have only taken two points from their last five games.

Only Portadown are in a worse run of form and with last Saturday's game between the pair ending goalless and Warrenpoint and Carrick battling out a 1-1 draw, Anderson is expecting more points to be dropped ahead of a last-day dog-fight to survive in the top-flight.

"I have an awful funny feeling that it will go to the last Saturday and it will be right to the wire," said Anderson.

"It would be nice if we were safe before that."

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