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Surgenor insists Carrick defying expectations in basement battle


By Graham Luney

Carrick Rangers captain Mark Surgenor says his side won't feel any pressure when they take on Crusaders today.

The Crues won the Toals County Antrim Shield this week and are going for another four trophies including the Danske Bank Premiership title.

David McAlinden's men are focused on consolidating their place in the top flight and are second from bottom, only a point ahead of the Mallards with three games in hand on the basement side.

"It's down to expectations," said the former Ballymena United ace. "No one expected Carrick to stay up this season.

"If we were anchored to the bottom of the league we would be miserable but we aren't and we are staying in games for so long.

"There is always that bit of hope. Until we are down and out we can hang in there and keep getting points.

"I don't feel the pressure but there is disappointment when you feel you should win games. I'm sure it's tough at the top where Coleraine are trying to win every week.

"You come home with shoulders slumped and a long face sometimes but I'm fit and healthy and should be enjoying it.

"I've a baby girl now, Bella and my wife Pam is great. She loves football and encourages me to keep playing when I'm down. It is my release from work and home life and she's right."

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