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Bannsiders must stand firm, warns McAree


Real warning: Rodney McAree
Real warning: Rodney McAree

By Steven Beacom

Rodney McAree is demanding defensive improvements from his Coleraine side against Glentoran at the Showgrounds today.

The Bannsiders boss was frustrated and perplexed after his team lost 4-2 to Crusaders last week having dominated.

Coleraine have now conceded seven goals in their last two league games which is plainly not good enough, leading McAree to warn his players that if they fail to do the business others will come in to replace them.

"Defensively we weren't good enough and you could pick holes in all four goals that we let in at Seaview," stated McAree.

"The mistakes we made against Crusaders were elementary. We switched off for the second ball for their first goal. For their second we didn't get a free-kick when David Cushley pulled Dylan King's shirt to beat him to the ball and then score but we should have dealt with the situation earlier, their third goal was a great ball in but we needed to identify where the danger was in the area and defend that better and the fourth one we got square at the back.

"We talk about not giving up your shirt and there's players waiting in the wings. We need to be better in those areas. The goals we are conceding scare the life out of you. If we improve defensively we are very good side."

At the other end Coleraine look a real attacking threat.

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"If you don't take your opportunities you make it very difficult," added McAree. "There are boys sitting itching to get back involved and football's great because it gives you a chance quickly to dust yourself down and get on with it.

"Glentoran have an attacking threat but we will address that and work on it. If we can do what we do going forward and tidy up at the back we'll be alright."

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