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Coleraine are a massive test but Newry must continue our revival, insists Mullen

 

By Steven Beacom

Newry City are feeling positive again and are ready to take that upbeat mood into tonight's game away to Coleraine.

Darren Mullen's men were on a run of six defeats in a row in the Danske Bank Premiership, then came a huge 2-0 victory at home to fellow strugglers Ards.

There was a sense they were unlucky not to make it two wins in succession against Ballymena United last Friday night. In that match, Newry may have lost 2-1 but they played well, had a goal disallowed to the amazement of most of the spectators and goalkeeper Andy Coleman was controversially red carded.

The past two performances have given Mullan and his players a lift ahead of the live BBC televised clash with Coleraine.

Having won several promotions in recent years to reach the top flight, tonight's league game against the Bannsiders is the second in a matter of weeks where City can be watched by the nation having lost 3-1 at Cliftonville in an encounter screened by Sky Sports.

It's fantastic for the border club, Mullan and his team, who have worked so hard to make it into the big time.

"I thought the lads were magnificent against Ballymena," said Mullan.

"I couldn't have asked for any more form them in terms of their effort and I thought our tactics were spot on and we deserved more out of the game," he added.

"There were some dubious decisions but we'll take the positives out of our performance and take that into the game with Coleraine."

With Ards playing Warrenpoint tomorrow and Dungannon Swifts and Institute facing difficult away games at Cliftonville and Glenavon respectively, Mullan will see the game with Coleraine as an opportunity to make up points on those around his team.

Newry are currently second bottom, one point ahead of Ards and four behind Dungannon. It's interesting that in eight away games this term they have yet to pick up a single point.

Mullan will obviously be aiming to change that record tonight against a Coleraine side who lost their last league outing 2-1 at Warrenpoint.

Rodney McAree's men are 12 points behind leaders Linfield but crucially have a game in hand.

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