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It's time Carrick Rangers turned performances into points, demands Niall Currie


Niall Currie

Niall Currie

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Niall Currie

Carrick Rangers manager Niall Currie believes his side have to learn how to earn points from games in order to capitalise on their true potential.

On Tuesday night at the Showgrounds, Carrick were more than a match for in-form Ballymena United, yet came away from Warden Street having lost 2-0, while three days earlier it was a similar story against Warrenpoint at home, where Currie saw his men have the better of the game but concede in second-half injury time to draw 1-1.

So, while the performances have been good, the manager believes they have to ally that with a knowledge of how to close out results to start moving up the table.

"We have to keep evolving the club, we can't keep saying to ourselves hard luck but we didn't get any points. We need to get the mentality that we have to take something from games that are 50/50 like that," said Currie.

"But as a manager, what can I say to the players? They're giving me every drop. And if you get your performances right, you will get your rewards.

"We've been decent the last two or three games. We should have had three points against Warrenpoint and ended up with one, and we were good against Portadown before that.

"We've had three or four good performances in a row but we haven't had the points to show for that, and that's the frustration."

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The other frustration for Currie at Ballymena was a lack of final product as Carrick were kept scoreless for the 13th time this season. Only four times in this campaign have they scored more than once in a game and the manager knows it is something they must also address.

"We get ourselves into great positions in the final third but we don't get anything out of it, it's as simple as that," he blasted.

"Our final decision-making in the final third is where we get let down in scoring goals. That's something we have to improve.

"Whenever you see teams like Ballymena who have that cutting edge in the final third, they tend to pick out people. That's where we really need to kick on."

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