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Town no walkovers, warns McLaughlin

 

On alert: Paddy McLaughlin is keeping his Reds grounded
On alert: Paddy McLaughlin is keeping his Reds grounded
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Cliftonville manager Paddy McLaughlin has warned his players that anyone expecting an easy ride against bottom-of-the-table Warrenpoint Town tomorrow can think again.

The in-form Reds - who are one of the league's top sides right now, just a point off top spot and boasting a five-game winning run after last week's 2-1 victory at Glenavon - welcome the Premiership's basement dwellers to Solitude with a massive 28 points separating the two sides.

However, McLaughlin insists they won't have it all their own way against Warrenpoint based on his own experiences with Institute last season.

"I was where Warrenpoint were not so long ago, fighting for my life in the division, and I know how difficult a league it is, especially at the bottom. They're fighting for their lives and we have to be ready for that," warned McLaughlin.

"We'll treat Warrenpoint the same way we treat any other opponent, but we do have to remember that we're a good side playing good football, so we have to go into it looking forward to trying to get another three points."

Tomorrow will also see former Cliftonville boss Barry Gray return to the Solitude dugout for the first time since his dismissal back in January, and McLaughlin is expecting a warm welcome back for the former chief.

"Barry did a good job at Cliftonville and he brought some good players to the club, the likes of Conor McMenamin and Liam Bagnall, who are great players for us now," praised his successor.

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"The club will welcome him back and we wish him all the best, just not this week. From next week on he can do as well as he wants!"

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