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Linfield visit a free hit for Warrenpoint, insists Gray


Warrenpoint Town manager Barry Gray

Warrenpoint Town manager Barry Gray

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Warrenpoint Town manager Barry Gray

Warrenpoint Town manager Barry Gray says that all the pressure is on champions Linfield when they come to town tomorrow evening.

The Blues travel to Milltown for the evening kick-off game having lost their 100% record following the madcap draw with Glentoran in midweek.

Gray, who didn't pull any punches following his side's dismal showing in the 2-0 defeat at Ballymena United last Saturday, says that the clash with David Healy's men is a free shot as it is a game they are not expected to win.

"The Linfield game is one of those games where there is no pressure on and that's the difficulty for us," he explained.

"We went and did that against Larne, the unbeatables, and performed well and maybe should have won it and we came to Ballymena and on paper people are saying, 'Ballymena's form's this and that' and you see what we got out of that.

"No doubt on Saturday against Linfield we'll do something similar as we did against Larne and you compete. But if you can raise those levels against the top six teams, if you go to Ballymena and the form they were in and match that performance level, you might get something out of the game.

"That's much more important for us than competing against Linfield."

Town's efforts have been hampered by a crippling injury list which has meant several players popping up in unusual spots.

However, Gray hopes to have a few more of his key men back in contention for tomorrow.

"It's unfair to those players who had to play in those positions," he said.

"It's certainly not their first or second choice positions but we've Luke Gallagher, Stephen Ball, Gavin Peers (out) and we were able to bring Alan O'Sullivan back into the panel after a number of weeks.

"There's not a muscle injury between them and we're heading in the right direction.

"Ballymena were the better side, substantially better and far more clinical in front of goal and that's what you get,

"I don't think it needs to be over-analysed from our point of view.

"I just don't think we were at it. We were five or six players short in the squad, and there were enforced changes in areas that clearly aren't our strongest.

"We don't have a big enough panel to be doing things like that, and that's not making excuses, it was our decision-making that cost us the game. On another day we'll not make those decisions."

Belfast Telegraph

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