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Currie knows Carrick only need one win to turn fortunes around


Been there : Niall Currie has a lot of title-winning experience
Been there : Niall Currie has a lot of title-winning experience

By Steven Beacom

Niall Currie is intent on building confidence at Carrick Rangers and making them a competitive force in the Championship after a tough start to the season.

Carrick sit bottom of the table after a 1-0 loss at H & W Welders and a 5-0 home defeat to Dundela.

Not exactly what new boss Currie was looking for, but if anyone knows how to deliver in this division then it is the former Portadown boss, who has won four league titles as manager at this level - two with Ards and two with Loughgall.

Currie arrived on the scene at Carrick in the summer after David McAlinden stepped away from the hotseat following relegation from the top flight.

Since then there have been a number of comings and goings - the latest arrivals Chris Rodgers and Daniel Kelly are sound acquisitions - making it a challenge to blend the squad together.

"I knew it was a big project and a big job when I came in. A lot of players wanted to move on and, after the club had a confidence sapping season last time, it was always going to be a tough start for us," said Currie, whose side travel to Knockbreda on Saturday.

"We have recruited okay but we are not finished with that yet. We are very young in some important areas and we need to get a little more experience in. Last week we had two 19-year-olds in central midfield against Dundela who had two experienced campaigners.

"We have a good bunch of lads here and we are trying to bed everyone in. We have to understand we have a new squad with 12 or 13 new players.

"We have got off to a bad start but once you get that first win things can change very quickly.

"When we went a few goals down at Dundela last week a few heads dropped. We have to re-build the confidence of the players that stayed and give the young lads that are coming into the Championship the belief that they can play at this level.

"The club is realistic to know that Larne, Carrick and Ballinamallard are favourites for promotion and our fans have been great as well and understanding of the situation."

Larne visit Loughgall tomorrow (7.45pm) while Ballyclare host Limavady at the same time.

As well as Knockbreda taking on Carrick on Saturday at 3pm, Ballinamallard entertain Dergview, Portadown go to H&W Welders and PSNI are at home to Dundela.

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