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Coleraine can rattle any of the big guns, says Kearney

By Graham Luney

Oran Kearney feels his Coleraine side are refusing to be bullied by the Danske Bank Premiership's big hitters. The Bannsiders have ruffled the feathers of league title chasers Crusaders and Linfield and there's a new resilience in the blue and white ranks.

If Lyndon Kane had tucked away a late penalty at Seaview last Saturday it would have been four 1-1 draws against the Crues and Blues this campaign.

Ahead of his side's trip to Glentoran tomorrow, Kearney is looking for his troops to keep raising their standards in a fiercely competitive league.

"We were a bit naive against the Crues despite the commendable effort and endeavour from the players," he said.

"We have drawn twice with Linfield this year and we also held Crusaders at home. The games have been very tight and had we scored the penalty it would have been four 1-1 draws against the top two. If we can do it once it's a fluke but if we are continually testing the top sides, holding our own and fighting then it gives me a lot of confidence going forward.

"But being content after losing a match cannot be our mindset.

"There's no point me getting on a bus in the morning and spending five or six hours away from my family and asking the boys to do the same if we are prepared to go to a ground like Seaview and be second best and go through the motions.

"We go every week home and away to win games of football. It was disappointing not to get something from the Crusaders game but we won't be too downhearted.

"We just keep going. We lost two of our best players in Ruari Harkin and Howard Beverland so the biggest credit I can give to the players is that in the performances so far it's clear we haven't missed them.

"While they have been two brilliant players for us other lads have stepped up to the mark.

"For us we always get ready to go again and we will train hard for the next challenge.

"People will say that we should have beaten Crusaders, myself included. It's about winning and in a month's time no one around the league will remember that performance, they will look at the stats and see the result. That's the black and white of it."

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