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Larne boss wary of unpredictable attack by 'wounded animal' Carrick Rangers

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Tiernan Lynch

Tiernan Lynch

Tiernan Lynch

Larne boss Tiernan Lynch has warned his players to be wary of a backlash from a Carrick Rangers side wounded by a seven-goal hammering.

The two sides may be at opposite ends of the table, but form often goes out the window on derby day.

And Lynch is also wary that their East Antrim rivals will be intent on posting a response to their 7-0 defeat at Linfield on Saturday.

"As we all know, sometimes going against a wounded animal can be very difficult and very tricky. We just have to look after ourselves," he said.

"Their confidence could be in their boots or they could be going out with a point to prove.

"You don't know what you will get but we just have to look after our own game and what we do."

Larne have had a difficult start to 2021 with just three wins since the turn of the year.

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Saturday's 2-0 victory at Dungannon Swifts was their first since mid-February, moving them up to third.

Talk of a title challenge cooled as results slipped and Lynch said their focus is only on the next game.

He added: "We got three points on Saturday, we have come off the back of a really good draw at Ballymena and now we have just got to think about Tuesday night.

"Can we go to Carrick and get a good performance?"

Lynch, who has been at Larne since 2017, signed a contract extension last week but, after the mixed fortunes of this season, he is aware that things can quickly change.

"How secure is anybody in a contract and what do contracts mean?" he quizzed.

"We have still a lot of unfinished business to do, and we just have to keep working hard.

"Football, as we all know, is a fickle game. At the start of the season, 12 games in, they were building statues. Now they might be knocking them down - that is just the way it is."

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