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Coleraine players would be fools to believe title hype, warns Oran Kearney

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney
Coleraine boss Oran Kearney
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Table-topping Coleraine manager Oran Kearney has said his players would be 'fools' to believe any hype surrounding their recent form.

The Bannsiders are yet to be beaten this season, picking up nine wins and five draws from their 14 league games and adding three victories in the League Cup.

Saturday's success at Dungannon Swifts made it seven victories in a row, scoring 19 goals and conceding only three times in that run.

Nonetheless, Kearney insists that any player tempted to take his eye off the ball is a 'fool'.

"We never say in the changing room 'oh remember two years ago when we did that?' or whatever else," he told Radio Ulster. "We're a third of the way through the season and if they want to believe any hype, they're a fool. There's no other way to look at it. We've got to get three points today, worry about training and do some super sessions and do the same next Saturday. It is as simple and as boring as that."

The Bannsiders' game against the Swifts was the first of five back-to-back fixtures against bottom half teams.

But any suggestion that means Coleraine should come out on top is shot down by the boss.

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"I know we've got Glenavon next weekend and after that I wouldn't be too sure," he said of the fixture-list. "There's no such thing as a low side in this league. We treated Dungannon the exact same as we did the Linfield and the Crusaders games. I'll never discriminate who we take the points against. I know what Gary (Hamilton - Glenavon manager) will bring to the table next week so it's important we up for that."

Kearney was more keen to heap praise on his team for their professional attitude during Saturday's success at Stangmore Park.

"Dungannon went 3-5-2 which they haven't done all season," he said. "We played the first 25 minutes at 4-4-2 and then flipped it to match them and see if we could get any joy. We went back to 4-4-2 during the second-half and the adaptability and the versatility of the players to be able to do that was exceptional."

The one negative point for Coleraine was the early withdrawal of both Adam Mullan and Josh Carson.

"We'll get them looked at," said Kearney. "Josh caught one on top of the foot so we'll send him for an x-ray as a precaution more than anything else. Adam's just opened up in a tackle slightly. We'll rest over the weekend and see how they feel come Tuesday."

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