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Honesty is not always the best policy, insists Town boss Gray

Speaking out: Barry Gray says Warrenpoint are on the up
Speaking out: Barry Gray says Warrenpoint are on the up

By Steven Beacom

Barry Gray believes the Warrenpoint Town players are too honest for their own good.

Gray felt that had Lorcan Forde gone down when challenged inside the box last weekend against Crusaders his team would have had a penalty and an opportunity to salvage a draw. Instead Forde, on loan from Linfield, stayed on his feet and referee Tony Clarke didn't have a decision to make.

Whether it would have been a penalty is another debate but Gray's comments are fascinating ahead of a crucial match with David Jeffrey's Ballymena United at Milltown today.

Gray said: "I thought Lorcan Forde should have gone down when he felt the contact. He was far too honest and I would say we are far too honest right across the park, even with free-kicks. If you are too honest you make easy decisions for referees."

In his second spell in charge at the club, Gray believes he is starting to get somewhere after taking over from Stephen McDonnell last month.

Town defeated Coleraine 3-1 and ran the Crues close before losing 1-0. This is their third home league game in a row and with Ballymena last winning in the Danske Bank Premiership in September bottom of the table Warrenpoint are relishing the contest.

"Up to a few weeks ago we were averaging minus four goals per game and didn't look like we could score," declared Gray.

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"Now we are looking like we can score even though we have only one striker and we look like a team that can defend, and that gives us a chance.

"What I've said to the players is that the ethos here has to be a collective. I have to prove to them that me and my management team will pick up things that will be beneficial to them and then they have to go and deliver it. We are in this together.

"This isn't about me having a particular way that I want to do things. I have to do it the way that suits the group that we have or else we are wasting our time.

"We have found parts of a system and a style that would appear to work for them and we'll try and build on that."

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