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Ogilby won't let complacency creep in at high-flying Coleraine

 

By Alex Mills

Defender David Ogilby insists there will be no issue keeping his Coleraine team-mates grounded in spite of their flying start to the Danske Bank Premiership campaign.

The Bannsiders have been blazing a trail at the top of the table and are currently six points clear.

Their only defeat so far came a fortnight ago, losing to Linfield at Windsor, and, even though they were held to a 1-1 draw by Crusaders seven days ago, Coleraine will be looking to repair that damage when they make the trip to the Loughshore Hotel Arena today to face Carrick Rangers - who haven't won in the league since October 14.

"Nothing is ever easy at that venue," said 33-year-old Ogilby. "We were beaten there last season, so we know we have to be at our best. I know they've been on a poor run of results, but by all accounts they ran Crusaders close in the Shield game in midweek.

"Their manager, Davy McAlinden, will have them up for it. He's the type of guy that sends out his team with fire in their bellies. Yes, we'll be expected to win, but it doesn't always work like that. Anything you get in this league you have to work for, you have to dig in and this will be no different."

Ogilby stresses the Bannsiders can handle the pressure of sitting pretty at the top of the division.

"We are enjoying it," he said. "People keep going on about pressure, but we are realistic. We know Crusaders and Glenavon are six points behind, but they have a game in hand. Linfield were something like 10 points behind last season and won the league.

"So we won't become carried away by the league table. If we are still top at the end of February then we could be considered as potential title contenders, but we know that's a millions miles off."

Although they lost a posse of first-team regulars to injury - including Lyndon Kane, James McLaughlin, Eoin Bradley and Brad Lyons - Coleraine defied the odds by holding onto top spot.

"The boys that have come into the side have done a fantastic job," he added. "Lyndon and Skinner (Bradley) are making steady progress, while Brad returned to action last week.

"Martin Smith joined the club and he has been a big bonus for us. It took him a bit of time to adjust, but he is now settled in and doing well.

"It said a lot about the squad and the boys' desire to win games with so many injuries. Even though we lost at Windsor, we thought we deserved something form the game.

"We'll not become carried away. We'll be taking one game at a time, ticking them off as they come. But our immediate priority is taking three points at Carrick."

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