Connor's ready to put the work in for Stute's cause
Institute 1 Larne 4
New manager Sean Connor admits he's in the game long enough to know that there's going to be no quick fix at Institute.
However, the ex-Dundalk boss feels he saw enough during Saturday's 4-1 loss to Larne to encourage him.
"Right now, the only way is up on the pitch," said Connor, whose side had Joe McCready on target with a penalty.
"I've seen a hell of a lot to work on. I saw glimpses in players that I liked, but I saw a lot that I didn't like, so it's going to be a hard road.
"I told the players myself that if they're prepared to work and make the changes that I think need to be made then we'll see where it takes us.
"We looked a bit timid after that. Larne got confidence and, although the sending off impacted the second-half, I thought we worked hard without troubling them too much."
Larne boss Tiernan Lynch - whose team netted doubles through Johnny McMurray and Martin Donnelly before having goalkeeper Conor Mitchell sent off - was delighted by his side's display at the Brandywell and admitted he felt they could have won by a bigger margin.
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"It was a superb team performance," he insisted. "In the first half an hour, we were very, very good and did all the things that we work on on a daily basis.
"We could have and should have nicked a couple more.
"We talked about it at half-time and, as things developed in the second-half, it would have stood by us had we been more clinical.
"I'm super, super proud of them because when you're watching a fight like that, it's brilliant to see a team stick by one another and roll their sleeves up when you're down to 10 men.
"Sometimes that's just as rewarding as a really good performance.
"The boys carried out their roles perfectly in the first half, so I'm very pleased for Marty (Donnelly) and for Johnny (McMurray)."
INSTITUTE: R Brown, R Morrow (McCauley, 70 mins), Curry, Crown, Dunne, Tourish (J Morrow, 83 mins), Grace, McNamee, McIntyre, Burke (McCready, 55 mins), G Brown.
Larne: Mitchell, Kelly (Flowers, 73 mins), Watson, McEleney, Randall (Sule, 58 mins), Donnelly, Tilney (Pauley, 50 mins), Lynch, Cosgrove, Hughes, McMurray.
Referee: Evan Boyce (Ballygowan).
Man of the Match: Martin Donnelly
Match Rating: 7/10