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Real Ballymena United must stand up

Gary McCutcheon has put Ballymena United’s Solitude shocker down to a “horrible day at the office”.

The Sky Blues were confident they could taste victory on Cliftonville’s new 3G surface last weekend until a Chris Scannell-inspired Reds team thumped them 5-0.

It was an afternoon when no-one in the visitors’ dressing room could hold their head high on the trip home.

But in tonight’s game at Newry City, McCutcheon expects the real Ballymena United to stand up and be counted.

“We were very poor in every department and it is just one of those days when we could do nothing right,” said the former Portadown striker. “But one horrible result doesn’t make us a bad team. It is up to the players to put that right and get this game out of our system.

“We thought we could win at Solitude but we clearly didn’t deserve to. Some of the goals we gave away were beyond belief.

“There are just some games when nothing goes for you and you just have to start again and show what you are capable of.”

If City fail to beat the Sky Blues, Donegal Celtic can move to within four points of the border boys if they record a home win over Coleraine. The Bannsiders should have Leon Knight back to sprint at a DC defence that has conceded 50 goals in 17 matches.

Belfast Telegraph