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Stephen McDonnell sure one big result can be the launchpad Warrenpoint need

Positive outlook: Stephen McDonnell is retaining belief
Positive outlook: Stephen McDonnell is retaining belief

By Billy Weir

The season is a mere half a dozen games old for the majority of teams in the Danske Bank Premiership, but even this early on that nugget of a cliche - the six-pointer - is upon us.

Tomorrow afternoon, pointless Warrenpoint Town play host to fellow strugglers Carrick Rangers, who have just a single point to their name thus far.

Town manager Stephen McDonnell did have the satisfaction of his side scraping past Dollingstown in the Mid-Ulster Cup during the week, but he is under no illusions just how important tomorrow's clash at Milltown is.

"It's a must-win, even at this early stage," he said.

"We have to look at getting a result on board and, if we do that, we'll kick on. I think we can put a run together like Dungannon did. We've just put a very different type of run together - we've lost five in a row.

"I'm sure people watching on are wondering why we're not scoring goals because we're creating chances.

"Every slice of luck is going against us and it's difficult. But we have to look at the bigger picture, it's a 38-game season and we might not have it as rosy as last season.

"We might have to battle and scrap, that's another side to us we'll have to develop."

Last weekend's 4-0 defeat at Ballymena United was hard to take and to fathom as they more than held their own for the majority of the game.

They trailed by just a single goal when United's Andrew Burns was sent off, but the dismissal knocked Town completely out of their stride.

"It was never a 4-0 game. We've got to take the positives that we played well for an hour, created a lot of chances, but we also need to look at playing and competing for 90 minutes," added boss McDonnell.

"We're at the bottom of the table, the only thing is we're not being cut adrift, but if we keep conceding goals and playing for two-thirds or half a game, it's going to be a very long season. If we can manage to put that type of shift in for 90 minutes, then we're going to get somewhere."

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