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John Herron sounds a warning after Larne’s County Antrim Shield joy is short-lived

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John Herron. Credit: Stephen Davison

John Herron. Credit: Stephen Davison

John Herron. Credit: Stephen Davison

John Herron has called on Larne to start winning under pressure if they’re going to realise their potential.

A memorable County Antrim Shield win over Linfield in midweek was followed up by a surprise 1-0 defeat at home to Dungannon Swifts on Saturday.

It leaves Larne, who had been hoping to close the gap on the top three, in fifth place with any lingering title hopes hanging by the finest of margins.

European football will now be the primary aim for the Invermen and Herron believes they must shrug off complacency which has seen them drop vital points against the bottom six.

“I think we got with what we deserved,” Herron said about Saturday’s defeat thanks to Ryan Mayse’s third minute goal.

“It’s easy when you’re up against Linfield and the other big sides. Some people thought we just had to turn up to score four or five, but that’s not the way this league is.

“They’ve got a lot of good players, if you give them time and space they’ll hurt you and that’s exactly what happened.

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“You learn if it happens once or twice, but it’s happened too often.

“It’s nothing to do with the way we’re set up or the manager or anyone else it’s about the players and what we do.

“It’s easy to get yourself up for the big games, but these are the games you’ve to go win when there’s pressure on you to win.

“It’s the difference between the good teams and the best teams.”

Larne now turn their attention to Cliftonville’s visit to Inver Park on Friday night.

It’s a repeat of last season’s European play-off final, when Larne ran out 3-1 winners, with both clubs having an eye of Euro qualification once again.

Herron knows Larne need to put a run together to realise their ambitions, and hopes it can start with Friday’s encounter.

He added: “Cliftonville are a good team, they’re ahead of us in the table and we’ll turn our attention to that now.

“To give Dungannon respect, no-one was mentioning them before Saturday. Cliftonville was always going to be a big game and it’s an even bigger game now.

“We have to put behind us what happened on Saturday we need to move forward.”

LARNE: Ferguson, Balmer, Kelly, Watson (Herron, 46 mins), Nasseri (Jarvis, 46 mins), Randall, Hale, Doherty (McDaid, 79 mins), Scott, Bolger, Bonis. Unused subs: Devlin, Sule, Lynch, Mitchell.

Dungannon SWIFTS: Dunne, Glynn, Knowles, Mayse (Coyle, 62 mins), Smyth, Campbell, McKendry (Glenny, 74 mins), McGinty, McBrien (McCready, 84 mins), Devlin, McGee. Unused subs: Nelson, Gallagher, Francis, Convie

Referee: Christopher Morrison

Man of the match: Declan Dunne

Match rating: 7/10


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