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Forget the Cliftonville revenge mission, my Warrenpoint have incentives too: McDonnell

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Stephen McDonnell

Stephen McDonnell

Stephen McDonnell

Warrenpoint Town boss Stephen McDonnell appreciates that Cliftonville will be out for revenge at Solitude today.

The Reds were stunned at Q Radio Arena last month when leading through a Joe Gormley goal as the home side struck twice in injury-time to earn their first points of the Danske Bank Premiership season.

Since then, Warrenpoint have been unbeaten, collecting 11 points out of their last 15. If they win in north Belfast they would draw level in the table with Cliftonville, who have been too inconsistent for manager Barry Gray's liking this season.

"It's a great game for us against Cliftonville," said McDonnell. "We have momentum and will go there in confident mood. I know they'll be out for revenge after what happened in the last game between the sides but our incentive is if we beat them we will be locked level on points with them.

"That's how we will treat it. They may be out for revenge but we'll be out to keep our run going."

McDonnell, whose side have made a habit of scoring late goals recently, didn't think it at the time but now believes six league defeats out of six for his side at the start of the season may have been a good thing long term.

"We got a taste of losing for the first six weeks and it wounded us, but I also think it galvanised us," said the 26-year old.

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"Looking back now I think it was probably the best thing to happen. We are not home and hosed and it is only the first round of fixtures that is over, but even when we compare results to last season we had seven points out of our first 11 games and this season we have 11 from 11. If we keep our recent form going we can move into mid-table."

Meanwhile, in the Championship, Larne manager Tiernan Lynch has revealed that he aims to add to his squad in the January transfer window as the club look to secure promotion.

Ahead of today's clash with Carrick Rangers, Lynch said: "I'm pleased with how we are doing, and we have a good squad, but I'd still like to add to it come January for the second part of the season."

With third-placed Portadown and second-placed Dundela meeting at Shamrock Park, unbeaten Larne can strengthen their position at the top by beating Carrick at Inver Park.

Today's Championship fixtures (3pm): Dergview v Loughgall, Larne v Carrick Rangers, Portadown v Dundela.


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