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I have no doubt Ards will beat the drop: Nixon

By Steven Beacom

Ards manager Colin Nixon still has "one million per cent" belief that his team will steer clear of relegation.

Bottom of the table Ards travel to Cliftonville today in a crucial league game with Nixon insisting his players will focus on themselves in a response to a question about whether it was a good or bad time to play the Reds with the north Belfast outfit in the headlines so much this week.

The Reds board have kept faith with Barry Gray and he will be in the dugout this afternoon.

"It doesn't matter who we play or when we play them, we have 14 games left and we have to look after ourselves," said Nixon. "I'm not concerned how Cliftonville are playing or where they are.

"I'm concerned about Ards and getting us three points and as many wins as possible as early as possible to get out of trouble.

"I still believe 100 per cent, actually a million per cent, that we can get out of trouble. You don't go on the losing streak we were on and then go and beat Dungannon so convincingly at their ground if belief is not there."

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