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We know we can play well with 10 men, says Coleraine manager

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney wasn't one bit surprised his ten-man team earned a 0-0 draw with Glentoran on Saturday.

The league-leaders looked to be struggling when Josh Carson was issued with a straight red on just 20 minutes but Ian Parkhill and Jamie McGonigle both went close to winning the game with second half chances.

They did have to ride their luck when John McGuigan skied a Glentoran penalty over the bar with the last kick of the game - but Kearney reckoned that was the fortune his side had earned.

"We're getting that we bit of fortune that we probably deserved," he told BBC Sport NI. "We worked so hard for 70 minutes, we had chances, they had chances and a draw's a fair result.

"We know Glentoran are well improved this year and they showed that today. It's been a really tough day but the lads showed a really great level of determination.

"We know you can get a red card in this league and we prepare for that. We do have a good way of playing when we go down to ten men. As much as we knew we'd have to sacrifice a lot of the ball, we know that when we do get possession, there are ways and means of getting chances."

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