Belfast Telegraph

Cliftonville’s season isn’t over: Patterson

Eddie Patterson has urged everyone at Cliftonville to learn from the experience of Tuesday's Irish Cup humiliation at the hands of Warrenpoint Town.

The Reds were ousted from the blue riband competition by their Championship 2 opponents after a dire performance in 120 goalless minutes followed by a woeful penalty shoot-out display which saw them convert just one of their four efforts.

Patterson admits to having endured the lowest football-related experience of his career in the days since, but says now that it's important for everyone to stick together.

“We need to look at the game for what it was,” he said.

“It was a very poor performance and something that has been coming for a while now because we haven't been playing well for the last five or six weeks.

“Sometimes you need something major to come along to wake everyone up and although it's obviously too late for us to rectify things as far as the Irish Cup is concerned, our season is not over.

“It's still only January and if there's any positive to come from what has happened, then it will be an all-round improvement from us.

“We need to learn from it and make sure nothing like that ever happens again. If you look at the league table, we are sitting in fourth place and actually have a game in hand over some of the teams around us.

“We also still have the Setanta Sports Cup to come, so the season is by no means a write-off.

“We need to dust ourselves down, get through our training sessions and prepare to face Glenavon on Monday night.

“The Irish Cup is gone, but we have other business to tend to between now and May.”

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