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Josh Carson in for the long haul but wary of Institute

 

By Steve Jones

Coleraine winger Josh Carson believes the Bannsiders will have to be at their best to earn all three points against Institute this evening.

Paddy McLaughlin's men have registered six points from their opening three games on their return to the top flight and Carson reckons they will come to The Showgrounds with a spring in their step.

"We know it will be a tough game as they've made a good start to the season," Carson said.

"They will be coming down the road with their tails up and know that every point they earn at this point of the campaign is vital.

"We have played them a few times recently in pre-season and the Irish Cup, so we know what they are about and vice-versa, but we want to pick up another three points."

The Irish Cup holders looked like suffering their first league defeat since November 2017 against Glentoran last weekend, until Eoin Bradley headed in to salvage a share of the spoils.

The former Northern Ireland international praised the character of his team-mates for earning a point despite 'not being at the races' at The Oval.

"Collectively and personally, it was the worst game I've ever played in," Carson added.

"We have a squad here full of talent but I'd say it was the poorest performance we have put in since I arrived.

"We just weren't at the races but it was great character by us to keep going and get the equaliser. We scored a late winner at Cliftonville, got a late draw against Glentoran, so we have a great belief in our squad and we don't know when we are beat."

Carson - who signed a new deal in the summer to remain on the Ballycastle Road - believes the signing of Stephen Lowry can help propel the Bannsiders to the next level.

"It was an incredible first year for me as we won the Irish Cup and narrowly missed out on the league," Carson said.

"I can't see myself playing anywhere else and I told Oran I'd have signed a new contract for 10 years. The players, fans and management staff have been top class and it's been brilliant to be playing every week.

"Getting Stevie on board is a great coup for us and like Aaron Burns, he has been there and done that in the Irish League.

"Stevie has arguably been man of the match in every game he's played in so far and I can't praise him highly enough. I think he often goes under the radar but we know how impressive he is and will always be a goal threat."

Coleraine vs Institute

Danske Bank Premiership:

The Showgrounds, Tonight, 7.45pm

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