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Only winning matches will lift spirits, says Warrenpoint Town manager Barry Gray


Barry Gray is happy to have his squad boosted by new arrivals

Barry Gray is happy to have his squad boosted by new arrivals

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Barry Gray is happy to have his squad boosted by new arrivals

Barry Gray admits that he has pressed the reset button in an effort to inject some new life into Warrenpoint Town’s season.

Five points adrift at the foot of the Danske Bank Premiership table, the Mournemen welcome Larne to Milltown this evening.

“Not purposely,” he points out when asked about pressing that button and while it isn’t panic stations just yet, he knows a recent upturn in performances needs to be matched with points.

“If we’d known we were going to do that we’d have done it in October/November time,” he added.

“We’ve brought four new players in during the January window, there’s a huge amount of competition for places, we’ve got key players back from injury and that has massively helped us.

“We keep taking knocks and getting back up again, that’s the spirit and fight we need to show from now and the next 20 games or whatever are left.

“People say all the time ‘you need to lift the boys’. There’s no such thing as lifting them, the only thing that lifts us a group or any group sitting where we’re sitting and the run that we’re on is a win. Even if you get one win, it’s not enough, because you need to go on a run.

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“That’s what we’re focused on and we’re doing our utmost to get that win and potentially close that gap between us and Portadown.”

That means Larne tonight and then a trip to Glentoran on Saturday.

“This week ahead is an easy one!” he laughed. “But we’ve nothing to lose. We’re against all the odds. We were against all the odds last week at Crusaders and yes, the money band goes up another level this week, but that doesn’t change what we have to do, it’s still 11 v 11.

“Everyone uses ‘wee Warrenpoint’ as a negative, I absolutely detest the slogan, but we’re ‘wee’ because we’re young, as a club and a group.

“The last thing we can do as a group, and that’s coming from senior level right down, is to see ourselves as ‘wee Warrenpoint’ because the second you do that, you’re beat.

“We’ve a mini league where we are and we’re as big as any of the teams that’s in that mini league. That’s the league we need to win.”

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