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Coleraine's confidence isn't impacted by Linfield loss, vows David Ogilby

Coleraine v Ards, Danske Bank Premiership, The Showgrounds, Tonight, 7.45pm

By Graham Luney

Coleraine captain David Ogilby isn't worried the Bannsiders' confidence, spirit or morale has been damaged by the weekend defeat to Linfield.

The 2-1 loss at Windsor Park was the Bannsiders' first Danske Bank Premiership defeat of the campaign, and it allowed Glenavon to move within two points of the league leaders, but the experienced defender says anyone waiting for the Coleraine bubble to burst can forget it.

Ogilby highlights Coleraine's response to their Bet McLean League Cup loss to Crusaders last month as a prime example of the club's ability to get back on the bike quickly.

Ahead of tonight's home clash with Ards, the 33-year-old is confident his side can flush the Windsor woe out of their system.

"I'm not worried about our reaction to the defeat," said Ogilby, who is wearing the captain's armband while David Kee is injured.

"It's not the first time we've lost this season. When we lost 3-2 at Crusaders in the League Cup a lot of people thought we might slip up in the next game at Cliftonville but we dug in and won that game at Solitude.

"I know the character of the boys and I've no concerns about confidence being affected.

"We've been on a tremendous run but we were being asked about winning the league after seven or eight games and it's just something we have to accept.

"Glenavon are only two points behind us and that's how close it is. We never got carried away and we won't.

"To have 38 out of a possible 45 points is a brilliant start, but there's a long winter ahead and if you don't maintain standards you can easily fall down the league.

"There will be ups and downs over the season and we'll see in March if we are in a position near the top.

"We played Ards earlier in the season at their place and it was a difficult test. They've beaten Linfield and Glenavon this season and drawn with Crusaders, they won't fear us and we give every team respect."

On the Linfield defeat, Ogilby added: "We didn't get going in the first half and after a few words were said at half-time we improved in the second half. It's a first defeat, and losing is never nice, but we won't dwell on it. Fortunately we have a game quickly to get back on track."

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