McDonnell: the only way is up for Warrenpoint
Ailing Warrenpoint Town may be bottom of the Danske Bank Premiership table, but manager Stephen McDonnell believes there are good days up ahead.
Having lost all seven opening games - they've scored merely twice and conceded a staggering 26 goals - McDonnell was heartened by his team's contribution in last week's last-gasp 2-1 defeat to Glentoran at The Oval.
Optimistic McDonnell reckons his boys are on the road to recovery, and they have the chance to edge away from the basement today when Institute, under new boss Sean Connor, make the journey to the Q Radio Arena.
The north west side have an equally depressing record - they have pocketed only one point from eight games, scoring four and conceding 23.
"Last week was our best performance of the season," said McDonnell. "My challenge to the players is to put in that type of performance every week and, by the time we complete the first round of fixtures, we'll not be in the position we are in now.
"I told them if they can give me that application every single week, Warrenpoint will not be sitting at the bottom for too long. Yes, we were beaten, but I walked away with a smile.
"If we keep doing the right things, we are going to get that slice of luck down the line.
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"I'm sure Institute will be coming to our place with hopes of gaining their first win, so we must be ready to meet the challenge."