Reds have point to prove against Coleraine after last year: Curran
Cliftonville skipper Chris Curran believes his team have a score to settle when Coleraine visit Solitude today.
The Reds got their Premiership campaign off to the best possible start by pocketing three points against Glentoran at The Oval last weekend.
But Oran Kearney's impressive Bannsiders, who missed out on winning their first league title since 1974 by the narrowest of margins, will be a different proposition.
Not only did they defeat the Reds in the Irish Cup final in early May, but they held the upper hand over their north Belfast rivals for much of the season.
"Coleraine are now getting the respect they deserve, especially after the season they had," said Curran. "People are talking about them as genuine title contenders and rightly so.
"They have taken their seat at the top table. We struggled against them last season, drawing a couple of games, but we never managed to beat them. And we are still smarting a little bit from the Cup final defeat.
"The onus is now on us. We are at home and we have confidence in our own ability - and hopefully we can get a result. I think we have a point to prove.
"You can't look too far forward at this time of the season. You have to take each game on its merit - trying for three points.
"I know it's a cliché, but we can't afford to look any further than our next game. But if we do have any ambitions to muscle in on the top three, we should relish games against the top sides.
"Although we'll be giving them a lot of respect, we'll be a different animal this time."