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Coleraine will savour being in driving seat: Kearney

 

Oran Kearney
Oran Kearney

By Graham Luney

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney says his players will relish the challenge of leading the charge towards the Danske Bank Premiership title.

The Bannsiders are a point clear of Cliftonville at the summit after a huge 1-0 win at home to champions Linfield on Saturday. Mark Stafford's own goal ensured that Kearney's men have already won home and away against the Blues and Crusaders this season.

The result means the Bannsiders haven't lost any of their last 49 Premiership, League Cup or Irish Cup games with Kearney in charge since November 18, 2017.

Some fans now view Coleraine as serious title contenders but Kearney argues there is no greater pressure or expectation on his troops.

"I wouldn't call it heightened expectation by being top of the league," said the former Linfield favourite.

"I've always had an expectation myself and you try and transmit that into the changing room.

"I wouldn't call what we have at the minute an expectation - I would call it a buzz.

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"I think what we're trying to do is get a buzz back to this place, get a buzz back to the north coast and get a buzz back to the town.

"Credit to our boys, I thought we dug in really well.

"We showed a real solidness over the past few games as well and a real good mentality."

Linfield manager David Healy says his players must rediscover their killer touch.

"It was frustrating not to get something from the game," said Healy.

"We didn't really create too much and Coleraine were gifted a couple of easy opportunities."

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